, whose titles Lantern distributes, has long been at the forefront of publishing authors dealing with the soul—that mysterious realm beyond the conscious mind from which our deepest selves (to our consternation as well as relief) emerge. Not surprisingly, the uncovering of the soul is often the task of poets and artists, as well as psychotherapists and shamans.
Perhaps no greater poet of the soul existed than Rainer Maria Rilke
(1875–1926). In Rilke: A Soul History
poet and scholar Daniel Polikoff tells the inner story of Rilke's literary career, tracing, step-by-step, the mythopoetic journey inscribed in the interweaving lines of the poet's life and art.
When her husband was diagnosed with a serious brain tumor, Marianne Tauber turned to art—painting and poetry—to cope with the situation. In The Soul's Ministrations
, she explicates what was behind the drive to create, presenting seventeen paintings and poems alongside a narrative of the time of crisis in journal form and then delving into the concepts of Jungian psychology and alchemy to make sense of the images and their healing effect.
And what of art used more directly in therapy? Creative Transformation
is an account by a dance and drama therapist about the integration of Jungian theory, creative arts therapy, and developmental object relations theory. Using the arts as a psycho-therapeutic tool, trauma and addiction are explored and enacted, calling upon the imaginal realm of the arts as a vehicle for transformation and recovery.