knitting & poetry
in Much Wenlock
A blissful afternoon of poetry by the fireside with knitting and afternoon tea!
I was enjoying myself too much to even think of taking photographs, so my main picture today is of Molly at Ippikin – who gives so much to our lovely High Street and is much loved by all the knitters who attended this afternoon!
The majority of today’s poems were taken from a marvellous little anthology called Tools of the Trade – poems for new doctors, published by the Scottish Poetry Library and Polygon, in 2019, which is given to all newly graduated doctors in Scotland – they do get things right there, don’t they! Any of the poems not referenced in the list below are from this anthology.
I bought my copy of this book from Deborah Alma at the Poetry Pharmacy in Bishops Castle, and I strongly urge you to get a copy – there are many wonderful poems in it that were not included in our reading today. You can also get 10 Poems About Kindness and 10 Poems About Happiness (edited by our lovely Deb!) from the Poetry Pharmacy too: both published by Candlestick Press.
How Happy is the Little Stone by Emily Dickinson from 10 Poems About Happiness, Candlestick Press
Twenty-Eight Weeks by Lesley Glaister
Winter Wood by Kenneth White
The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry
Gift by Czeslaw Milosz
Beannach/Blessing by John O’Donohue
Field Guide by Tony Hoagland from 10 Poems About Happiness, published by Candlestick Press
A Blessing by James Wright from Above the River: The Complete Poems and Selected Prose (1990)
A Medical Education by Glenn Colquhoun
Talking to the Family by John Stone
The Stethoscope by Dannie Abse
from Playing God by Glenn Colquhoun
What the Doctor Said by Raymond Carver
Talking to Grief by Denise Levertov
Psalm Eighty-Eight Blues by Diana Hendry
Healings 2 by Kathleen Jamie
Giraffe by Bryony Littlefair from 10 Poems About Happiness, published by Candlestick Press
Silence by Deborah Alma from 10 Poems About Happiness, published by Candlestick Press
The Many Gifts by Norman MacCaig from 10 Poems About Kindness, published by Candlestick Press
Postcript by Seamus Heaney
Going Without Saying by Bernard O’Donohue
from Disenchantment by Douglas Dunn
from Clearances by Seamus Heaney
For a Five Year Old by Fleur Adcock
The Unprofessionals by UA Fanthorpe
Arrival by RS Thomas
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