I've been so fascinated by how much writing a poem has in common with counselling, it feels like such a similar process to me.
Both require being comfortable with the unknown, both are working with language and imagery - catching the words that have a sense of meaning so much more in the moment. Both require heightened self-awareness and intuition to sense what’s happening. And, most importantly, both are guided by the ‘other’ i.e. the client or the poem to lead the way. I'm sure it's something I'll be thinking about and exploring further.
I have three poems on p10 of the recent issue of Northwords Now which can be read here. And I've had a few of my Van Gogh sequence of poems accepted for the next issue of Poetry Salzburg Review which I'm delighted about.