Week Five: Our Place, Ourselves and our Poetry……..Final session on 26th November 2013

Decision day today concerning the future of the group and the publication of some of our poems.

 

Poetry

Poetry (Photo credit: Kimli)

After discussion with Devellopment Plus staff:

  1. The group agreed that they wanted to carry on with the Poetry sessions meeting at the same time on a weekly basis. They also indicated they wanted to write short stories and non-fiction. Having a leader for the group was considered absolutely necessary and DP will facilitate this.
  2. The group members were keen to see their work in print. To this end, each of us will submit up to three poems to be collated by DP staff. The aim will be to produce a pamphlet/booklet of poetry before Xmas with enough copies for members to circulate to others………..

We also agreed a title for the group: A WORD IN EDGEWAYS…………….

 

English: Title page of Miscellany Poems, on Se...

English: Title page of Miscellany Poems, on Several Occasions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We each read our pieces which we had worked on the previous week……..

Themes were around: Papa, My Dad, Autumn and Cousin Alan.

Really looking forward to seeing our work in print!!!!!!!!

 

 

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Our Place, Ourselves and our Poetry: Week Four Together……………

WE had the best session yet, reading our poetry on ‘Persons and relationships’.

 

 

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Each of us was able to read a couple of poems and listen to the comments and level of appreciation. WE had poetry about:

Maggie Thatcher…………

My Dad…………

Cricket……………

A death of a friend………….

The poetry was evocative, emotional, accomplished, clever, humourous, stylish, idiomatic, conversational, challernging, political, generous. And the discussions were extensive, provocative, intense. I wish I had a recorder with me!

I’m really enjoying being the listener, the observer and occasionally joining in the discussions.

We also discussed more titles for the group : The Dancing Poets, Inter-city poets, Inner city Poets. At our last meeting together, next week,  we’ll make a decision as to what the group will be called …….moving ahead.

As to what the future of the group will be, each member has expressed an intent to continue writing and would like there to be informal sessions/workshops of the kind we are currently running. I have written a review/report to Development Plus expressing my views as to what should happen in the longer term. The future will be determined by the group and the Management of Development Plus.

At the conclusion of the Project, I have mooted the idea of collecting poetry from each participant and printing the work in some way. What has been produced is too good to lie unseen in the journals. A wider audience would appreciate the quality of what has been achieved. We are working on this now……………..

Vernon Goddard…………

 

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