I finally have gone back to journaling. I used to keep journals daily until 1990, when during a divorce, I found my ex using journal entries to damage me in a possible legal battle.
Although she was out of my life within months, I found myself unable to journal It lasted years and I found myself able to write a little on and off, this is the first time I am willing to write several pages a day.
The result is that I am writing more poetry– about one a day. I think moving into my depths in writing the journal entry makes it more possible for me to enter into the space where the poems appear.
I also send the poems to a couple of friends. Having an audience helps too. When I wrote my play, two friends would come home after work and read the next scene. It helped a lot.
So journaling and finding a sympathetic audience helps write the poetry.
I lost the drive that has my novel draft on it. I think it is still on my laptop which was about to fail, but didn’t. I hope I can find it there. Otherwise I’ll start all over.