1. God Says Yes To Me: Kaylin Haught. Juliette
2. Petra: Rhian Edwards. Tamsin
3. Rag and Bone: Norman MacCaig, Patrick
4. Mid-Term Break: Seamus Heaney. Richard 5. The Bus: Dannie Abse. Heather 6. Mr Bleany: Philip Larkin. Angela 7. Suzanne: Leonard Cohen. Bel 8. Parents Evening: Rhian Edwards. Erin 9. They'll Say 'She Must Be from Another Country'. Imtiaz Dharker. Kath 10. The Man of Double Deed: Anonymous (Source: The Fall). Nicky
Theme: First World War Centenary 1. *Peace - Julie Pritchard. Written for Red Poets publication / Taking Flight: conscientious objector exhibition in Merthyr Tydfil. Julie
2. Lights Out - Edward Thomas. Kath
3. Fratelli (Brothers) - Giuseppe Ungaretti. Juliette 3. The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner - Randall Jarrell, 1945. Donald
4. **The Silent One - Ivor Gurney. Julie 5. To Germany - Charles Hamilton. Kath 6. I know The Truth - Marina Tsvetaeva. Michael 7. Train - Helen Mackay. Juliette 8. The Fury of Ariel Bombardment - Richard Everhart. Donald
The Poppy is not the reason why they died
they gave their life, for peace.
They who cannot be brought back, or released
too bring peace.
That is up to us, for they died for us
so that we could have a future.
NO, we threw it away with every
hand grenade that was thrown, and every bomb
we dropped and every gun that has been fired.
We were meant to be inspired
too reflect and remember.
Planting a tree, building a monument
This is not the reason why they died, it is just another lie
While they who are supposed to know why DECIDE.
Who entice, manipulate and take from deprived council estates,
too far away lands where we wear the watch and they have the time.
Where you are sent to fight in their back yard
the dry arid terrain with the mountainous view.
For all the green is gone, they only colour is the flower
The one you wear on your lapel jacket, dress or blouse.
That is turned into a drug to give the weak power
to take the rights away from women and children.
Let’s not talk back to the past to the war that should have ended it all
When we stand in silence remember today
WHERE is PEACE. Julie Pritchard --- ** IVOR GURNEY Unlike all the 1WW poets Gurney was not an Officer he was a Private, he wanted to join up.
Poet and composer of music Ivor Bertie Gurney who came from Gloucester and was the first Englishman to be dually gifted in these two arts none since Thomas Campion in the reign of Elizabeth 1st and his output was prodigious
He got his blighty a nick name for war wound on 17th September 1917 he was gassed.
Later due to the loss of his Comrades, love and hope deserted him and he had nervous breakdown through his mental illness he discovered the link between excise and how it lifted his moods.
Today they call it happy endorphins. He recovered but depression and mental illness dogged him. With help from Vaughan Williams and Walter De Mare he spent the last 15 years of his life in an asylum which was far kinder than the one his brother put him in, in Gloucester. He died aged 47 in 1937.
SILENT ONE Who died on the wires and hung there one or two
Who for his hours of life had chatted through
Infinite lovely chatter of Bucks accent.
Yet faced unbroken wires, stepped over and went
A noble fool, faithful to his stripes and ended
But I weak, hungry and willing only for the chance
Of line – to fight in the line, lay down under unbroken
Wires and saw the flashes and kept unshaken
Till the politest voice – finicking accent said
“ Do you think you might crawl through, there, there is a hole”
Darkness shot at I smiled as politely replied
“I am afraid not sir” There was no hole no way to be seen.
Nothing but chance of death, after tearing of my clothes.
Kept flat and watched the darkness, hearing bullets whizzing
And thought of music and swore deep hearts deep oaths
( Polite to God) and retreated and came on again
Again retreated and a second time I faced the screen.
Theme: 'Remember' 1. Interviewing the Last Two Speakers - Sheenagh Pugh. Michael 2. Jewels In My Hand - SashaMoorsom(Jan 25th 1931 - June 22nd 1993).Bel 3. Mae'r Pasiant Trosodd - W J Grufydd (Welsh & English translation). Chris 4. Gabriel (first 30+ stanzas) - Edward Hirsch. Juliette 5. Forgetfulness - Billy Colins. Steve 6. Remember To Forget* - Albashir Adam Alhassan.Linda 7. My Grandmother - Elizabeth Jennings. Lorraine 8. Galbraith Street - Ron Sexsmith (lyrics). Lloyd 9. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel (lyrics). Bex 10. Jakes Turtle - Chase Twichell. Leona 11. Memory of My Father - Patrick Kavanagh. Julie *The Alhassan text is a plagiarism of a Christian devotional poem (likely to be of Southern Baptist origin) that has been knocking around as an Internet meme at least since the early 00’s - Chris ----
4. Note on the Art of Poetry - Dylan Thomas. Linda
5. I Have Longed To Move Away - Dylan Thomas. Dave
6. Reminiscences Of Childhood (1/1) - Dylan Thomas. Julie
7. Clown in the Moon - Dylan Thomas. Bridget
8. In My Craft Or Sullen Art - Dylan Thomas. Alex
9. In the Beginning - Dylan Thomas. Leona
10. And Death Shall Have No Dominion - Dylan Thomas. Juliette
2014 celebrates our charismatic Welsh poet, playwright and writerDylan Thomas's Centenary Year. Dylan 'made words sound like music. People would be reduced to tears as they heard his writing performed' (source CBBC Newsround).
THEME: RS Thomas Centenary Year Celebrations 1. Poetry For Supper - RS Thomas. Michael 2. The Children's Song - RS Thomas. Lorraine 3. The View from the Window - RS Thomas. Kath 4. He and She - RS Thomas. Juliette 5. The Empty Church - RS Thomas. Michael 6. Welsh Landscape - RS Thomas. Kath 7. The Cure - RS Thomas. Juliette 8. Threshold - RS Thomas. Michael
THEME: New, Emerging & Current Poets 1. Analysis - John Welch. Phil (Going to read Jack Pascoe but left book at home) 2. Back To Bed - Rhian Edwards (from Clueless Dogs). Kath 3. On Returning a Child to her Mother at the Natural History Museum - Kathryn Maris (in Tokens for the Foundlings: edited by Tony Curtis). Leona 4. The Glorious Fellowship of Migraineurs - Polly Atkin. Amy 5. Man & Dog - Eve Pearce. Amanda 6. Missing It - Daniel Brown. Stephen 7. The Cheeseroom - Judy Brown. David 8. In The End - Clare Potter (from Spilling History). Ruth 9. The Town In This Dream - Raymond Antrobus. Juliette 10. The Shoe - Diana Brodie. Lorraine
1. The Shirt - Carol Ann Duffy. Juliette 2. On Noting Down Inscriptions On War Graves Near Arras - Michael Arnold Williams. Leona 3. The Opportune Moment- Sheenagh Pugh. Juliette 4. My November Guest- - Robert Frost. Kath
1. Newsbites - Kona Machphee. Michael 2. The Ice Cat - Wilfred Wilson Gibson. Lorraine 3. The Deaf Mutes at the Ball Game - Josephine Jackson. Leona 4. Fen Train - Kona Macphee. Michael 5. Meg Merleese - Keats. Lorraine 6. Beech Trees - Michael Ardd Williams. Leona 7. Small Pox - Kona Macphee. Michael 8. The Life That I Have - Leo Marks. Lorraine 9. Peter's Lines - Michael Arnold Williams. Leona
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