by R.D. Laing

Pantheon Books, NY



This is a book of "poems" or patterns which capture the contingency and self-referentiality of human interaction, especially that which becomes more intimate. In one way they are very depressing. In still another they are very enlightening and , therefore, liberating. Hence we can begin to see their complexity.

Here is the first Poem:

They are playing a game.

They are playing at not playing a game.

If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me.

I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game.