THE POETRY SESSIONS
'It's only oblivion, true:
We had it before, but then it was going to end,
And was all the time merging with a unique endeavour
To bring to bloom the million-petalled flower
Of being here.'
Welcome! I run poetry sessions and teach acting.
I started the poetry sessions at the start of lockdown 2020 as a response to the sudden loss of human connection we were all experiencing. They are relaxing explorations of poems and other texts, approached from a performance angle. There is no prerequisite to the work other than an open heart, an open mind and a love of the spoken word.
Poetry can help us navigate periods of change, articulate our experience of loss, celebrate new life, a threshold crossed, and give us courage and hope when we feel overwhelmed. Sometimes the right poem comes along and becomes a friend.
The poetry sessions are one-to-one or can work for small groups. An individual stand-alone session is available, where we can work with a specific focus or occasion in mind. I also run blocks of six sessions which culminate in an informal sharing with other participants. The sessions are currently online.
Nature photo by Janelle Lynch. Courtesy of the artist and Flowers Gallery, London.
SPRING AND FALL
To a young child
Márgarét, áre you gríeving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leáves like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! ás the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you wíll weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It ís the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.
Gerald Manley Hopkins