Shortlands Poetry Circle May Sessions: 12th and 26th.

Readers were set two challenging topics in May: first to find poems of satire, irony and invective, then of hope and despair. Dorothy Parker featured prominently in the first session though she could easily have been quoted again in the second, such was her wry, often bleak outlook on life. Pope, Swift, Belloc and Ogden Nash all provided rapier wit and sly comments while “Bloody Orkney” by Captain Hamish Blair robustly read by Jane Knight was a gale force rant.

Hope triumphed over despair in the second session, though many of the poems read included both emotions. Among the many moving poems read were “Where’s the baby?” by Rory Gail, a poem from “The Birthday Letters” by Ted Hughes, “The Door” by Miroslav Holub and “Watching for Dolphins” by David Constantine.

A date for your diary: Saturday 29th August when S.P.C. will have a stall at the Ripley Garden Party.

Still time to buy tickets for the Summer Meeting with guest poets Kate Foley and Katherine Gallagher. 23rd June 2.30 at Ripley Arts Centre.

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