A few days ago, our treasurer Phil Vernon was invited onto BBC Kent’s Dominic King Show, to talk about our Open Poetry Competition, about the Society, and about the role of poetry during these strange COVID times. If you’d like to listen, the segment is from 2 hours 11 minutes, to 2 hours 24 minutes in the BBC Sounds clip here.
This poem by Mary Gurr was commended in our members’ competition in 2020, and published in Folio #74.
Still Life with Peaches and Avocado
In memoriam Maurice Weidman
Cross-hatching their ripeness, dimpling the rugged pear rising like an island, a hardened hill of lava ominous and black amid the peachy lush. Remembering Mr Weidman, eyes sharp for the structure of a curve, the countless still moments that make up a line. I drew him once, engrossed in someone’s apple, picked out the light reflected on his arm and on his brow against the dark white studio wall in shadow, and his face, eyes fixed forward, hand raised in full engagement with the fruit, in his element, harvesting.
On January 19th. at 8 o’clock we have our annual poetry feast, celebrating 3 of our own members’ writing. It is always enjoyable to hear a selection of poems by the same writer, as it illuminates their identity as poets so much more than the single workshopped poems, and it’s great to see how some of those poems have changed since we first heard them. There will also be plenty of writing that is new to us.
This month we are inviting into our homes Marian Christie, Sonia Lawrence and Graham Mummery. The evening will be divided into halves, with each poet reading twice. What better way could there be to spend a winter night?