Meeting of April 24th 2018

It seemed a long time since we last met and the topic, as always at the beginning of a term, was ‘Open Choice’ When it came round to Christine Pope she told us a bit more about her and Mavis’s visit to the Poetry Library for an evening on the Dymock poets, some of whose grandchildren were present on the day.

Here is the list of poems read:-


Ann Barlow The Quiet Ones Wyn Parkinson
In the Museum of Antiquated Offices: Exhibit C, Fax Machine Emma Simon
Janet Chapman Home Thoughts from Abroad Robert Browning
Printing Jenny Matthew Mitchell
Diane Chorley What do women want? Kim Addonizio
Light Month Victoria Redel
Sheila Corrin  A Date with Spring John Agard
Shall I compare thee …………? William Shakespeare
Jean Ellis  Translations Adrienne Rich
From ‘Quarto’ Adrienne Rich
Monica King This is going to hurt just a little bit Ogden Nash
The Photograph Lorna Dexter
Liz Maliphant High Wood Ewart Alan Macintosh
Song for a beautiful girl Adrian Henri
Kathleen Mustoe Counting Fleur Adcock
Under the Lawn Fleur Adcock
Adele Radelat The power of the Dog Rudyard Kipling
Going too far Wendy Cope
Mavis Robinson The Salutation Thomas Traherne
One does get old at last Ruth Pitter
Loraine Saacks  My Future Robert William Service
A Parent’s prayer David Axton
Nola Turner On Meryl Pugh
Beck Simon Armitage
Ruth Smith Poundland Simon Armitage
For Edward Thomas Sasha Dugdale
Anne Stooke Apple Blossom Louis McNeice
The Legs Robert Graves
Patsy Paine Sentenced to Life Clive James
Azma Unpacks her Pretty clothes Clive James
Christine Pope  Adelstrop Edward Thomas
Adelstrop 1987 Alan Brownjohn
Creative Writing Gervase Finn

After the meeting, many us us stayed as Ann Barlow and Monica King reported their findings from the Suggestions Book and invited comments. In the light of the discussion that followed, some choices were made which will be presented to the Committee at their May meeting. From this the programme for next year will be constructed.


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