SMSA Profile: Poetry at SMSA members’ group

Poetry at SMSA is one of SMSA’s Members’ Activities & Events and meets monthly.

These groups are run by members for members, and we are very grateful to the volunteer coordinators who make the groups possible. Thomas Thorpe is the coordinator of Poetry at SMSA and his passion for poetry is very evident

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Money, Wealth and Poverty

Thomas was kind enough to allow me to attend this Tuesday’s meeting. I felt very welcomed by everyone present (who tolerated my camera admirably) and heard some fabulous poetry and stimulating discussion.

Relaxed and friendly, the group’s first hour is devoted poems related to the month’s theme, and then following a break, the meeting is less structured. Members read and discuss poems that have inspired them.

Tuesday’s theme was Money, Wealth and Poverty. Although you would not think that poets, being notoriously romantic types, would wax lyrical over crass cash very often, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and variety of poems Thomas and the other group members found.

My favourite poem of the evening had to have been a highly satirical ballad written by Charles Dickens, The Fine Old English Gentleman. Who knew Dickens wrote poetry? I have quoted it and some other poems read during the evening on the right.

Other themed poems read on the night

Our Attitude about Money by Don Iannone

Notes on Poverty by Hayden Carruth

The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake

Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

To Be The Best You Can Be by Francis Duggan

Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare

The Deserted Village by Oliver Goldsmith

The Judgement of England by G. K. Chesterton

On Vital Statistics by Hilaire Belloc

Lord Finchley by Hilaire Belloc

The Open Window, Delphi by Graham Wood

Money by Philip Larkin

Money by Dana Giola

Money by John Updike

Money Money by David Kieg

Money by Howard Simon