Matthew Arnold and John Masefield
After Ann Barlow had provided some information about our featured poets the readings began with 15 poems by John Masefield including ‘Cargoes’ ’Sea Fever’ and ‘Trade Winds’ and 15 poems by Matthew Arnold including ‘Dover Beach’ ‘Youth’s Agitations’ together with excerpts from his longer poems ‘The Scholar Gipsy’ and ‘Sohrab Rustum.’
The theme of the meeting was ‘Nature’. Strangely there was no Wordsworth but there was a poem by our own Isabel Bermudez, ‘The Dung Beetle’ from her latest collection ‘Sanctuary.’
We also enjoyed poems by Swinburne, Browning, Shakespeare, Housman, Tennyson, Yeats, TS Eliot, Edward Thomas and Gerard Manley Hopkins together with poems from UA Fanthorpe, Anne Cluysenaar, Les Murray, Pascale Petit, Benjamin Zephaniah, Rose Flint,
Carol Ann Duffy and Owen Sheers among others.
We’re well on into the year now and attendance is holding up at meetings. Our next big event is the Summer Celebration which hopefully will take place in good weather so that people can meet and mingle outdoors. Both Chris Hardy and Roisin Tierney, our featured poets for this year, say they are looking forward to the event and the tickets seem to be selling well.
Our programme for next year commencing September has now been prepared and passed by the Committee. Thanks to Ann Barlow and Monica King for their hard work and to members who provided the suggestions.
This coming September four of our members hope to pay a return visit to Wendy Williams and her Dulwich Library Poetry Group. Their theme on this occasion is Calamities!
On June 7th. Anne Stewart is due to read at The Poetry Society with other poets who have been published by Oversteps Books.
Poems by some of our members will be read on Monday 18th. June at the Bridge House Theatre Penge as part of the Penge Festival. The first part of the evening will be taken up by a brief introduction to the work of Siegfried Sassoon followed by readings from his poetry. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased online.
On June 24th. Ruth Smith will be reading with the American poet Norbert Hirschhorn at The Torriano Meeting House, Kentish Town.