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What’s Cooking?

Twenty-five of us met at The Fountain on Monday, some regulars coming from as far afield as Bristol, Bath, Frome and East Coker – thank you all for being with us and for helping to create the very special group that is The Fountain Poets. The poems are getting better and better! So are the titles; here are a few that caught my attention:
‘How to slim’
‘Things are so different now that I am dead’
‘Recipe for a man’
‘Visiting Rumi’s Mausoleum’
‘Coffea arabica’
‘Passionate Cooking’
‘Louis in the do-do’
‘Rolls Royce in the kitchen’
‘Road-kill’
‘Burnt offerings’
‘Dead fly’

Mark’s ‘Hen party’  had a quite unforeseen sting in the tail, and David C’s ‘Postcards’ chronicled a disastrous holiday, again with a surprise ending which had everyone in stitches. Ewa read her latest work in English and Polish, and Rosalie read a lovely romantic German poem, followed by her own translation of it. We also heard a set of very clever limericks, and poems on local topics, including the recent floods and the eviction of the Bishop of Bath and Wells from his palace.

Congratulations are due to Fountain poets Rosalie Challis and Claire Coleman, both of whom have poems in the forthcoming anthology “Love and Loss” edited by Rosie Bailey and June Hall, to Rachael Clyne whose poem “Sixties Dreaming” features in the Poetry Space Spring Showcase, and to Ama Bolton, who won a small prize for a Special Mention in the Magma Editors’ prize.

The next meeting will be on Monday 7th April, with Norman in the chair. His chosen theme, for those who like to have one,  is “Computers and the Internet”.

This blog has a readership far wider than the group who meet regularly at the Fountain. We’d like them to know that they would receive a very warm welcome among us if they should ever come to this part of the world.

And finally … there’s a famous story about somebody coming up to Robert Creeley, the poet, after a reading and saying, “You know that last poem that you read – was that a real poem or did you just make it up?”

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Through a Child’s Eyes

The latest book from Poetry Space is an anthology of poems from World War Two chosen by Moira Andrew. Fountain poets Sara Butler and Jane Williams are contributors.

Through a Child’s Eyes brings together some of the best known poets          writing today together with  brand new names in the poetry world. It represents a full range of childhood  war time experience: being looked after by strangers in unfamiliar surroundings, arriving here in the UK as a refugee unable to communicate, herded onto cattle trucks, sheltering from the bombs, losing family members, seeing soldiers on the streets, living with daily rationing and living with the trauma of having survived the huge loss of family and friends. It reminds us too, how children are often left to work out what is going on for themselves because the adults don’t tell them anything. Yet these children also had fun. There are playtimes and rivalries, favourite toys and games. Above all this book is about the child’s capacity to get on with the business of being a child despite everything and to survive.

More details here.