The poet for November was Roger McGough, who on a dismal day cheered us up with his witty and poignant verse. Notable poems were A Bad Day at the Ark, with visions of giant insects including vampire Cabbage Whites. Mermaid and Chips reviewed his local fish and chip shops, which ranged from the Happy Plaice also known as Spit in the Boiler owing to the proprietors phlegm, to Turner’s where Ted was at home on the range, and young and attractive Linda was transfigured as half woman and half haddock. December was as usual Christmas poems and we had a lovely session with old and new poems. The one we most enjoyed was Sam’s Christmas Pudding by Marriott Edgar. It tells the story of Sam in the Peninsular War and why the fusiliers wear a badge that they think is a grenade. You have to read it for the full story, which should be of interest to any ex-fusiliers among you.
January’s poet was Emily Dickinson whom we had great trouble understanding.
February is of course love poems.