More than 30 percent of Pulitzer Prize winning poets are bipolar.
Director and screenwriter, Paul Dalio’s new feature film takes a hard and gritty look at love, mania, creative inspiration, artistic temperament and making peace with bipolar.
Wow, looks interesting.
Touched with Fire stars Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby as two poets with bipolar disorder whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. When they meet in a treatment facility, their chemistry is instant and intense driving each other’s mania to new heights. They pursue their passion which breaks outside the bounds of sanity, swinging them from fantastical highs to tormented lows until they ultimately must choose between sanity and love.
Inspired by the film maker’s own struggles overcoming bipolar disorder, Paul Dalio wrote, directed, edited and scored his feature film debut which also includes performances by Griffin Dunne, Christine Lahti and Bruce Altman.
(In cinemas February 12th 2016)
Poet . Lyricist . Poet/ Musician . Troubadour . Singer/ Songwriter
Expresses soul insights in symbolic language.
Turns a lyric gift to negative or destructive effect.
Closely related to both the Author and the Artist, the Poet combines lyricism with sharp insight, finding the essence of beauty and truth not only in the great epic affairs of humanity, but also in everyday acts and objects.
Great poetry extolls momentous events and great deeds, and also expresses wonder at the hidden joys and sorrows that most of us might overlook.
The Shadow Aspect
The shadow Poet turns his gift for lyricism to negative or destructive effect, as in songs or poems written in support of military aggression or genocide.
You don’t have to be a published poet to have this as one of your twelve archetypes.
Look for a lifetime need and ability to discover beauty in the people and things around you, and express it in a way that helps others see it, too.
King David (ruler of Israel credited with writing many of the Psalms);
Orpheus (great musician and poet of Greek myth, capable of charming wild beasts);
Bragi (in Norse myth, the god of eloquence and patron of poets);
Finn Mac Cumhail (legendary Irish hero and leader who was also greatly skilled as a poet).
Movies with Poet Archetypes
Watching movies related to one of your core archetypes, especially when going through the process of healing your shadow aspect is a powerful tool to help you understand yourself (your motivations, your passions, your fears – why you behave the way you do).