Judging from the list we keep of poems read, our attention was divided almost equally between Mimi Khalvati and Carole Satyamurti. Both are greatly loved poets who have won prestigious awards. Some members who write poems themselves have experienced Mimi’s excellent Versification Course which she ran for many years. It was considered the ‘go-to’ class for anyone who wanted to learn about form in poetry and many people benefited from it. Carole Satyamurti is also an experienced workshop leader and tutor, being especially interested in connections between poetry and visual art. She is also a sociologist and has worked at London’s Tavisock clinic.
As is usual some information was prepared about the life and works of these two poets and for those wanting to find out for themselves, Anne Stewart’s poetrypf site was useful. From Mimi we listened to poems that are mystical yet down to earth.
From Carole, we were lifted from our everyday surroundings and taken to unexpected places. It all added up to a very enjoyable time in the company of two remarkable poets.