Poetry in its place

Our annual Poetry Day took place on Monday June 15th, courtesy of Lucy’s daughter Cath who very kindly opened up her home to us once again. There was a good turn-out with 17 members; Ina was making her first visit and it was nice also to welcome Dorothy. Ross made a dramatic entrance in his motorbike gear and helmet – running late and without his box of Milk Tray!

The day kicked off with an interesting look at Performance Poetry by Rose who set us the task of making up a poem, from a choice of postcards containing ‘a secret’ sent to a writer who compiled a book of them. Rose also gave an interesting and informative talk on her foray into the history of poetry performance.

Tony’s workshop followed with a look at poetry critics and examples of such criticism. He also informed us that of 820 entries in a competition set by the Guardian to ask for ‘your worst books‘, the majority nominated Booker Prize winners! Just goes to show it’s all about individual choices. We finished this session by giving our own critique on a poem by Carol Ann Duffy.

After a lunch of fabulous soup and sandwiches plus biscuits and a yummy lemon drizzle cake, Alison kicked off her workshop talking about Still Life. We had to write a piece on a time in our lives when we had to be still, and this stimulated some interesting discussion; leading on to still people (life statues by street performers) which we also wrote a poem on.
Jack took the last workshop on Humorous Rhyming Poetry and gave us the task of messing with nursery rhymes in different formats – which resulted in some hilarity when all the tasks of the day were read out at the end of the day.

A great day all in all, and we give many thanks to Lucy for organising it, and to everyone who contributed.

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