To mark National Poetry Day, Somewhere Else Writers enjoyed a feast of poetry at its meeting on 5th October. Each member brought along a poem to share with the group. The result was a wide variety of poetry, with poems ranging from long established writers, such as Kipling and U.A Fanthorpe, to contemporary poets Caleb Parkin and Katy Mack. A couple of poems written by our own members was also in the mix.
After a short break for refreshments we concluded the meeting with a poetry writing exercise, using a poem by Tamar Yoseloff for inspiration. Her poem ‘Alchemy’ with its description of the poet’s experience of viewing the paintings in the Guggenheim Museum, Venice, themes of alienation and connection, and moment of revelation provided much food for thought and hopefully will result in members of the group writing their own poems.
If you want to read ‘Alchemy’, you will find it at the link below together with brief explanation of the poem’s genesis by Yoseloff. Click here