Not a bellowing of bullfinches, a charm of goldfinches, or a parliament of owls, but something more exotic – a Stanza of poets, seeking inspiration for our Poetry Competition.
What is a Stanza? Well, according to Google it is ‘a group of lines forming the basic recurring metrical unit in a poem; a verse.’ It is also – however – a poetry group run by Poetry Society members. You can read more at this link: https://poetrysociety.org.uk/membership/poetry-society-stanzas/
We were very pleased to meet members of the Poetry Society’s North Devon Stanza on their recent visit to Manning’s Pit, and they seemed to find their visit inspiring. Several poets commented on the wonder of finding such a beautiful spot so close the town, and the importance of having a place that town dwellers could walk to without the need of a car. Some of them have already started on their poems, so we look forward very much to the results of the competition.
This photograph shows some of the poets at the entrance to Tutshill Woods, and includes (from the right) Mark Haworth Booth, Pat Millner, Frances Corkey Thompson and (fifth from the right) Pat Glover, along with accompanying non-poets. All those named are award-winning poets (see links below)
Frances Corkey Thompson: https://www.happenstancepress.com/index.php/happenstance-poets/63-thompson-frances-corkey
Mark Haworth Booth http://markhaworthbooth.com/poetry/