Writing at the Edge

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This chapter explores the role of language in the process of tracking the felt sense. Taking what Gendlin has to say about language as a starting point, it looks at how this process in action may be observed in Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Finally the chapter sets Gendlin’s thought in the context of the post-structuralist account of language which models language as a chain of signification with its own dynamics. The chapter concludes that, seen in this way, language is something more than a vehicle for expressing the felt sense which changes with regard to our experiencing; rather, language is also a player in the development of the felt sense which contributes to the way in which that sense unfolds in a dialectic process in which language itself becomes the edge of experiencing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSenses of Focusing
EditorsNikolaos Kypriotakis
Place of PublicationAthens
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-618-5439-50-7
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • focusing
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Poetry Therapy

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