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Title: Presents of Mind
Publisher: Dodnash Books
ISBN: 978-1-9997832-3-5
Format: paperback
Number of pages: 66 (A4)
Price: Paperback – £20 + postage
Publication date: 1st September 2018

Short bio:

Richard Stephenson Clarke is a fisherman, a therapist, an artist, and lately a poet. It’s in the liminal space between the reflective practice of therapy and the creative pool of the unconscious where his unique style of poetry was born.

Long bio:

Richard Stephenson Clarke is a fisherman, a therapist, an artist, and lately a poet. It’s in the liminal space between the reflective practice of therapy and the creative pool of the unconscious where his unique style of poetry was born.

Reading a magazine in between therapy sessions, there was an article answering the question “What is therapy?” He found himself wanting to answer in his own way, and wrote a piece (Glimpses), which he shared in a therapy newsletter. People liked it; it was well received! He wrote more…

He really wanted to put into words his thoughts and feelings about the therapeutic process, and the nature of the real mental struggles we can all find ourselves in.  He found a new capacity to draw from the well of his learning from working with clients and from his own reflections. Truths he’d been mulling over for many years were now ripe. The writing, like a spring, was emerging at any time of day or night, ideas distilled into a few words.

After a while he started to discover a shape crystallising in one of the pieces. Having spent time working on that shape, he enthusiastically tried to see if it was possible to find a shape in another poem. He realised that more of the pieces had inherent shapes, and what he needed to do was to reveal them. He then couldn’t resist the challenge to find a unique shape in all of them – honouring and bringing out more of the meanings of each piece. The concept and style of the book as a whole began to present itself in the same way. Its evolution felt like a parallel to the unfolding of the uniqueness, dynamic creativity and emerging wholeness of an individual in therapy.

The whole process turned out to be deeply satisfying – and an enjoyable way to share his thoughts.