“Embrace the energy of the axe”

We had a wonderful reunion last Monday, seventeen of us in all, including several new faces. Ewan’s daughter Donna was with us and read some of her father’s work. We heard old poems and new, comic poems and political rants, a haiku and a jubilee poem, rhymes and prose-poems: something for everyone.

The next meeting will be at 7pm on Monday 11th July, and thereafter on the first Monday of each month including August (Bank Holiday). All these will be in the upstairs room at the King’s Head in Wells High Street. The back door is in Union Street, convenient for the Union Street car park, which is free in the evening. Meals can be ordered at the bar.

Have you looked through The Bardwindow? Do check out this website and its poetry podcasts. Log in or register to open a free account. Read the poems, post a poem to the website or listen to a podcast.

If you’re going to the Garden Festival in the Bishop’s Palace in Wells next weekend (June 17-19), look out for short, garden-themed poetry performances book-ending the festival at 10am on the Friday (Annie Fisher and Ama Bolton) and on the Sunday at 4.30pm (Tony Watts and Genista Lewes.) I was in the Palace Gardens recently and have never seen them looking so beautiful.

My title is taken from a poem by Claire Coleman, read by her last Monday.

“Most good poems hold some part of their thoughts in invisible ink… Lyric poetry rests on a fulcrum of said and unsaid.” – Jane Hirshfield


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