Rendering Unconscious is a podcast about psychoanalysis, culture and more hosted by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, a psychoanalyst from New York City, now based in Stockholm. Dr. Sinclair sees patients internationally, specializing in online and remote treatment for entrepreneurs, creatives and business people who travel, offering continuity and quality of care for modern people on the go, as well as for those who are home-bound or live in remote locations and may not otherwise have access to psychoanalytic treatment.

This episode is a lecture by Katrina Makkouk entitled “Pound’s Occultism: the Development of Automatic Writing and Occult Philosophy in the Pisan Cantos” presented at Re-writing the Future: 100 Years of Esoteric Modernism and Psychoanalysis, Brunnenburg Castle, Merano, Italy, June 1, 2019. For more about the conference, please visit

Katrina Makkouk is a graduate of Clemson University where she earned her Master’s degree in English. She moved from South Carolina to the West Coast in 2010 where she still pursues her love of literature through poetry and writing. Her primary research interests are modernism and how occult philosophy and methodology are applied in literature. She published her study on the occultist elements seen within the works of Ezra Pound—most notably focusing on The Pisan Cantos. You can find her on instagram @musicalrose1

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The track playing at the end of the episode is titled “Are you doing the work angelic?” from the album Message 23. Words by Vanessa Sinclair. Music by Joachim Nordwall.

Music for intro and outro of Rendering Unconscious Podcast by Carl Abrahamsson.

Photo of Katrina Makkouk presenting at Brunnenburg Castle by Carl Abrahamsson.