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Meeting Of September 10th 2019

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Ann Barlow           A Dream                                            Bandi (anonymous)
Common Grounds                             Kathleen Gallagher

Diane Chorley     A Song of Wandering Aengus          W.B. Yeats
Friends                                                 Elizabeth Jennings

Jean Ellis               The Horses                                          Edwin Muir
September Evening                              John Burnside

Monica King       The Stethoscope                                  Dannie Abse
These are the Hands                          Michael Rosen

Jan Ottley           Gardener                                                Robert Graves
The Lonely Letters                                W.H. Auden

Christine Pope  Consumer Complaint                        C. Marjorie Smith
The Royal Opera House                      Michael Shan

Mavis Robinson    Corinna’s Going A-Maying            Robert Herrick
Caged Birds                                     India Russell

Loraine Saacks     From ‘ September 1st. 1939’           W. H. Auden
Advice For Winston                         Tom Merrill

Ruth Smith             Thank You for Waiting                  Simon Armitage
The Steps                                           Liz Berry

Anne Stewart          The Memory Hall                           Meryn Williams
After Sonnet 64 Shakespeare       Jean Watkins

Anne Stooke            A Hillpost in India J.                        Milton Hayes
Eternity                                            William Blake

Nola Turner             Forefathers                                 Edmund Blunden
King Lear Act 4 Sc. 6                  W. Shakespeare

Foster Murphy       Rain                                               Edward Thomas
A Marriage                                    R S Thomas

Michael Bobb         Christabel                                      Samuel Coleridge
The Bards                                      Walter de la Mare

Christina              On a cellar, apples and poets           Anna Friley
My Ear Atends To You                     Maria Tsvetaeva

Meeting of Sept. 24th 2019

Meeting of Sept. 24th.

Twelve members attended the meeting with the addition of two guests who we hope will become members. We were reading poems by two Irish poets – Paul Muldoon and Matthew Sweeney, who sadly died last year from motor neurone disease. Paul Muldoon comes from County Armagh, Northern Ireland and now lives in the United States. Matthew Sweeney was born in County Donegal and lived in London, Berlin and Timisoara for different parts of his life. When Matthew died he was living in Cork.

Ann Barlow and later Ruth Smith gave further details of both poets and, as it turned out ,the number of poems read were pretty much evenly divided between the two poets so we had a good flavour of each. People plainly enjoyed the work of both poets and will very likely come return to them for a pleasurable read..

Autumn Programme 2019

Autumn Programme 2019

As usual meeting are held at Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sunbridge Avenue, Bromley, BR1 2PX on Tuesdays at 2.30pm. Visitors are welcome – £2 entry – 50p refreshments.

Writers Group (dates to be agreed by writers)

Sept – Open Choice
Oct – Escape
Nov – A Lull in Birdsong
Dec – Silver lining

Diary dates for the spring term 2020

14th & 28th Jan – 11th & 25th Feb – 10th& 24th Mar

 

August 24th. Ripley Fun Day

As on some other years, we booked a stall for what used to be called the Ripley Garden Party. Fortunately we were in the shade of trees as it was a hot day. On these and many other occasions we owe a lot to Anne Stewart for her careful and meticulous planning and the production of materials. Other members of the circle did a magnificent job welcoming people to the stall and helping children write or add to poems.

There was a Lucky Dip where guests could draw a piece of paper with the title of a poem and the book where it could be found. ‘Can I read you a poem?’ was a familiar invitation.

There were activities for both children and adults – adding lines to one already provided or rising to the challenge of writing a haiku or a cento (with rules and examples given of course)

There was a poetry quiz with a winning entry from Chris and Sarah Brown who we are still trying to track down to inform them of their success as they were not present for the announcement at 4.30pm. The prize is waiting!

With some willing volunteers, the afternoon was extremely successful and enabled friendly contact with both adults and children who often returned for more chat and poetry.

Here is some of the poetry written on the day, or in Anne Stewart’s case a little before:-

Haiku from Anne Stooke
Small child at fountain
His hat bigger than his head
cannot see the water.

Haiku from Ruth Smith
The pen scrolls across
from left to right, left to right
stops for a stray thought

These, written from prompts, are unsigned.

Hail to thee blithe spirit
on either side the river
The thoughts that arise in me.
The birds! The birds!

I was unblocking the drain
when a monster popped out
covered with weed

I met a traveller from an antique land
Selling Silks and Spices and Carpets grand!

Barbed wire was one thing
I think I’d rather use some string…

Five line centos from Anne Stewart

From the lines of haiku

Glass balls and glowing lights
in the flaming stream.
The morning paper.
All the city bells.
Splash! Silence again.

What a gorgeous one –
an aging willow.
Dead tree in living room.
Forest winds howl in rage,
the woods are ablaze.

Seasons changing.
Tiny buds yawn and wake up.
A frog jumps into the pond,
its image unsteady –
I step over it.

From the list of book and poem titles.

My heart is singing like a bird.
Half a mile beyond the village,
where the golden apples grow,
I met a traveller from an antique land
– my Uncle Paul of Pimlico!

It’s a start, said my mum.
My eyes half-closed.
Small, smaller.
Shades of meaning.
Outlook variable.

 

 

 

August 13th. at Mavis Robinson’s

Jenny Milnes, who has now moved, used to host a meeting at her home during August so we could get together and read poetry of our own choice.

This tradition has been continued by Mavis Robinson who entertained us royally and introduced us to the poetry of song.

It was a relaxed and pleasant time, reading poetry from the comfort of armchairs and a good opportunity to join with each other in this shared pleasure.

July 2019 Meetings

Meeting of July 9th.

This was the last meeting at Ripley Arts Centre before the Summer break and the chosen poets were Maggie Butt, Wendy Cope and UA Fanthorpe, the last two being special favourites and often read. Members of the circle were less familiar with the work of Maggie Butt and were glad to be introduced to a very interesting poet.

July 28th. at The Torriano Meeting House, Kentish Town

We were honoured to be able to do a repeat performance of ‘From Bromley to Bombay’ at this small but very well-known poetry venue in North London. This involved four local writers and members of the SPC who have had recent publication of their work. Jean Ellis unfortunately could not be with us owing to illness but excerpts from ‘Goodbye Burma’ were read by Isabel Bermudez and Ruth Smith.

FROM BROMLEY TO BURMA

Saturday 22nd. June at Pett’s Wood Methodist Church.

This was an event where four members of Shortlands Poetry Circle who had recently published books gave readings . They were accompanied by three guest poets from the Circle — Christine Pope, Janet Ryan, and Nola Turner. There was an open mic opportunity as well.

Isabel Bermudez read from her latest poetry collection Sanctuary (Rockhampton Press).

Jean Ellis read from her book Goodbye Burma’– a fictionalized account of a family’s flight from Burma during World War II.

Ruth Smith, who was unfortunately ill, had poems read by Anne Stewart from her chapbook, The Art of Unpicking published by Lapwing Press.

Anne Stewart read from her fourth collection The Last Parent published by Second Light which includes a long sequence bearing the same title.