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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