Exploring Poetry

The life and work of Stevie Smith, led by Ali Redgrave
We spent a fabulous two hours in the company of Stevie Smith as the incomparable Ali Redgrave led an inspired session full of poetry, insight, passion and sadness. Thoughts of death and loss were, inevitably, never far away and yet we were moved to laughter, wonder, and joy as well as sorrow for this tragic but complex life. What a woman!
These are the poems we read and analysed: Infant Papa Love Baby A House of Mercy My Earliest Love Exeat Tender Only to One When One Black March November Thoughts about the Christian Doctrine of Eternal Hell Dear Child of God Why do you rage? In Protocreation Alone in the Woods The Pleasures of Friendship The holiday In My Dreams Marriage I Think Wretched Woman Dear Muse My Muse Souvenir de Monsieur Poop Not Waving but Drowning


The Collected Poems of Stevie Smith, Penguin Modern Classics, 1975
Me Again – The Uncollected Writings of Stevie Smith, Virago, 1981
Stevie Smith: A Biography, by Frances Spalding, W.W. Norton, 1989

Ali also highly recommended Stevie Smith’s Novel on Yellow Paper, first published in 1936 and re-issued by Virago Modern Classics in 1980

What a mornign it was!  Thank you Ali, and to all particpants for your thoughtful contributions.

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