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Jay Ramsay obituary


Jay Ramsay, who has died of cancer aged 60, was a psychotherapist and poet. The author of nearly 40 books, including nonfiction on alchemy and relationship psychology, and translations of classics of eastern philosophy, he was an influential presence on the alternative poetry scene. With the rich timbre of his voice and his impassioned opinions he was also an ambassador for transformative spiritual, political and psychological awareness.

His own poetry collections included Kingdom of the Edge (1980-98) and Out of Time (1998-2008). He also co-edited, with Sylvia Paskin and Jeremy Silver, Angels of Fire: An Anthology of Radical Poetry (1986) and was the editor of Soul of the Earth: The Awen Anthology of Eco-spiritual Poetry (2011), as well as editing and writing reviews for the mind/body/spirit journals Kindred Spirit (1997-2004) and Caduceus (2002 onwards).

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