A wonderful start to the New Year, as I was asked to be the Poet in residence, for the Soldiers Arts Academy. I will be running a monthly poetry workshop and writing for them too. I’m extremely grateful that I can herald (tenous Christmas link) the glory of creativity as therapy much more.
Karl Tearney 12/24/2019I now have over a thousand poems!“Sharing my poems is an insight into how words have literally saved me from a never ending life of sadness. I am truly blessed that whilst in the very depths of mental health despair I found I could write, and not only write but also record and hopefully inspire! Writing in often-simplistic symmetry has become a record of the prominent thoughts that affect me day to day. Poems have become my diary and my reason to remain part of the spirit of humanity ”Karl Tearney 11/20/2020
I met Karl during Remembrance Day, one year ago, on a forum for Veterans and Civilians. His heart was incredibly open. I liked the way that he has used language in his search for relief from his PTSD, and through that has helped himself and many others in one way or another. He told me that he was author of a poems collection, “Second Life”, available on Amazon https://amzn.eu/2FT1Qlu This poetry was the very first one, for me, that I could find raw and honest, on PTSD in the military, as medically retired. In the time since then, Karl has been an older brother for me and a good company to share a beer with. A few of his most recent poems, in the mood of pandemic times, are also included in my book (soon soon soon).
Workshops are taking place the last Wednesday of each month. You can find details here:
And you can reach out Karl here:
3000 flying miles, above hell in Belfast and Bosnia, Iraq and Afganistan, after 35 years of service, cost medical retirement to Karl, a british Man, before Army Aircops Pilot, who breaks down in tears one night. Until he is forced to quit his job and take in charge of his mental health and mind. It’s a great honor for me reading his pages, and kind of reciprocate therapeutic work. Thank you, Karl, for allowing me to explore your feelings with loving heart and respect.
“I found that doing something creative helps me. I write poetry and have a few hobbies but it’s important it’s something you can do alone and quietly.”
“Here in the UK as an example the care for mental health differs from county to county. Before coming to Wiltshire I was under the care of Hampshire, who were remarkable. Now I live in Wiltshire where the only way to gain any support is after an unsuccessful suicide attempt”.