The Cheltenham Poetry Society

Last night I finally managed to make it along to a Cheltenham Poetry Society meeting, having gotten lost on a previous attempt!

The group was small but full of poetic-ness. The night opened with a writing exercise which covered Chinese style poetry and four part poems plus a bit about language. I wrote about 8 drafts some a lot rougher than others, some heavily rhyming and some short and sweet.

Also I have kept the sheet of ideas which I was working through and shall continue to work my way through them.

This has bought me up to nearly 20 poems already done for my WoPoWriMo challenge so I think it is a good job I am going for the hour a day spent on poetry rather than just the poem drafts themselves.

Then we moved onto a critic cycle where each of us would read a poem and others would comment on it. This was extremely useful as it it showed me that something Iw as trying to adapt to a page poem from a visual poem would perhaps be bettre suited to performance. Of course not everybody liked it and the absence of punctuation made people twitch.

I heard some fantastic poems and it is good to socialise with other writers other wise I find I get mired with feeling so one my own with writing

Posted: Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 @ 9:57 am
Categories: WoPoWriMo, Workshops/Courses.
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2 Responses to “The Cheltenham Poetry Society”

  1. Sharon Lakin Says:

    Hi Sarah. It was great to see you last night – glad you could make it and that you found the evening useful. Hope you will come again. Last night we were 8 (but, alas, only had time for 6 to read their work). Last time we were 11 and got through more (but, again, not all poets read).

    Lack of punctuation doesn’t make us all twitch! I’ve written quite a few poems without punctuation but I like to arrange poems like that on the page in a way which helps readers understand the syntax. Without that, or the odd comma to help them understand what the poet intends, it can sometimes lead to furrowed brows :-)

    I admire you keeping up with the poem a day challenge. You will have a good body of work by the end of the month.

    Keep writing! Sharon

  2. admin Says:

    Thankyou Sharon – I really enjoyed last night :)

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