There were a host of excellent poems to choose from but the selection of first lines from John Donne enables him to take this month’s accolade.
We didn’t take a vote on the favourite poem of the evening but undoubtedly John’s rendition of three Border Ballads with a Scottish lilt took the honours I feel.
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The nine people attending felt that Wendy Cope’s poem ‘Bloody Men’ was the one they’d go for. It was read by Kathy and goes
‘Bloody men are like bloody buses
You wait for about a year
And as soon as one approaches your stop
Two or three others appear Etc. Etc
The chosen poem from this evening is a lovely sonnet by Edmund Spenser
‘One day I wrote your name upon the sand,
But came the waves and washed it away’ etc,etc
Hamish Blair’s poem ‘Bloody Orkney’ was popular but we went for John Cooper-Clarke’s ‘I married a monster from Outer Space’ brilliantly read by Dawn.
Dave’s beautiful rendition of Ewan McColl’s classic ‘Dirty Old Town’ did justice to that wonderful song with its moving lyrics and haunting melody. A memorable experience and well-deserving of the applause it received.
No overall poem was chosen but the six or so haunting and nostalgic Housman poems read by John and Chris proved perfect examples of our chosen theme of ‘Regrets’.
We deferred making a choice until next month when we hope to choose three poems to recommend to visitors to our site.
After much deliberation and horse-trading ( not really ) the poems we recommend to all our visitors are as follows;
1st ‘Futility’ by Wilfred Owen
2nd ‘Fern Hill’ by Dylan Thomas
3rd ‘The Emperor of Ice-cream’ by Wallace Stevens
Please read or re-read them as they are superb poems.
13th August Meeting
There was no poem overall that stood out but Kathy’s choice of a centuries-old Persian poet ,Rumi, was intriguing and enjoyable.
John Donne’s poem ‘Passion’ was a wonderful example of a marvellous poet able to speak down the ages.
Some terrific poems but overall the prose extract from ‘The Dead’ by James Joyce and Helen Dunmore’s poem had the most impact.
It was difficult to choose from an eclectic mix, but David Aldred’s own poem was much enjoyed by us all.