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The Inkblot Record

The Inkblot Record

By Dan Farrell
Categories: Poetry
Paperback : 9781552450536, 112 pages, January 1998
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The Inkblot Record is poet Dan Farrell's examination of the discourse of the (in)famous Rorschach inkblot test. It is a compelling work, by turns hilarious and poignant; it will change the way you view both poetry and psychiatry forever.

The Inkblot Record draws from over half a century of responses to the Rorschach test to construct a book-length poem that places many of western society's foibles and secret neuroses on display for all to see. By utilizing the most mundane and arbitrary of cataloguing methods - alphabetical order - Farrell constructs a poem with sophisticated internal rhythms, rhymes and alliterations that pull the reader forward in a headlong rush to the book's surprising conclusion.