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THE POETRY SESSIONS

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. - T.S. Eliot

I facilitate poetry sessions, currently online.


 I work with the metre; the rhythm, flow, heartbeat, whatever you want to call it. Basically, how the poem feels to say, rather than what it is 'about' - although it may well tell us quite a lot about that. Rather than restraining us, or making it very technical, looking at the rhythm can give us lots of visual and aural clues that help us grasp the sense. The same goes for rhyme. 

This makes it exciting, intriguing and beyond our normal, intellectual grasp of things. It 'speaks' to us in ways we wouldn't ordinarily be spoken to. It occasionally says the unsayable.​ 

The aims of The Poetry Sessions are:

To enhance creativity and a sense of well-being

To work through fears of exposure and getting it 'right’

To explore the metre & rhyme scheme

To work with the breath & clarity of delivery

To foster an appreciation of the specific qualities of verse - what makes a poem a poem?

To have a laugh

 

LOVE IS NOT ALL

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink

Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain; 

Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink 

And rise and sink and rise and sink again; 

Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath, 

Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone; 

Yet many a man is making friends with death 

Even as I speak, for lack of love alone. 

It well may be that in a difficult hour, 

Pinned down by pain and moaning for release, 

Or nagged by want past resolution's power, 

I might be driven to sell your love for peace, 

Or trade the memory of this night for food. 

It well may be. I do not think I would.

Edna St. Vincent Millay