Tooting: 6 January 2017

We met at our local art gallery as usual, but for the first time there was no exhibition. Perhaps the bare while walls influenced the mood, which was quieter and more sombre than usual. Or perhaps it was just the poems, several of which had a religious theme. It was also a large (for us) group with several non-readers also attending, and our usual practice of sitting round a large table will be threatened if we expand further. We are a democratic, even stroppy, bunch and rows of chairs facing a lectern is not our style.

Our next meeting will be on Friday 3 March 2017.

Tooting Pass on a Poem 6 January 2017


Gill Stockbridge

Two Sonnets by Michael Drayton

Debbie Flatt:

Postscript by Seamus Heaney

The Year’s Midnight by Gillian Clarke

Ernest Rodker:

Going Home by Johane Markham

Prue Cooper

Entirely by Louis MacNeice

Jeremy Weinstein

Vertigo by Anne Stevenson

David Harries:

God by James Fenton

I give thanks to the god in whom I do not believe by Louis de Berniers

John Valentine:

The Latest Decalogue by Arthur Hugh Clough

Nicholas Cooper

from The Book of Job (Authorised Version)

John Leaver

A Young Lady’s Photograph Album by Philip Larkin

Patricia Graham

The Little Black Boy by William Blake

Gillian Sandham

anyone lived in a pretty how town by e e cummings

Jane Smith

Slough by John Betjeman

Jenny Weinstein

Love and Friendship by Emily Bronte

Honor Brogan, Rupert Merson, Ferelith Hordon, Kenneth Cameron

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