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
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