A Poem for June

Poem by Charles Simic Every morning I forget how it is. I watch the smoke mount In great strides above the city. I belong to no one. Then, I remember my shoes, How I have to put them on, How bending over to tie them up I will look into the earth. This poem is …

Poem for May

Animalsby Frank O’Hara Have you forgotten what we were like then when we were still first rate and the day came fat with an apple in its mouth it’s no use worrying about Time but we did have a few tricks up our sleeves and turned some sharp corners the whole pasture looked like our …

April’s Poem

The Good-Morrowby John Donne I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned till then? But sucked on country pleasures, childishly? Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers’ den? ’Twas so; but this, all pleasures fancies be. If ever any beauty I did see, Which I desired, …

Poem for March

Squarings by Seamus Heaney Squarings? In the game of marbles, squarings Were all those anglings, aimings, feints and squints You were allowed before you’d shoot, all those Hunkerings, tensings, pressures of the thumb, Test-outs and pull-backs, re-envisagings, All the ways your arms kept hoping towards Blind certainties that were going to prevail Beyond the one-off …

Poem for February

I’m Nobody! Who are you?by Emily Dickinson  I’m nobody !   Who are you ? Are you nobody, too ? Then there ’s a pair of us — don’t tell ! They ’d banish us, you know.   How dreary to be somebody ! How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day …

Poem for January

A Man’s a Man for a’That  by Robert Burns   Is there for honest Poverty That hings his head, an’ a’ that; The coward-slave, we pass him by, We dare be poor for a’ that! For a’ that, an a’ that. Our toils obscure an a’ that, The rank is but the guinea’s stamp, The …

A Quiet Passion at the Corrie Film Club

Corrie Film Club The film for the 14th of January will be A Quiet Passion (UK/Belgium. 2016. Directed by Terence Davies. 126 mins Cert.12A)  This is a finely detailed portrait of Emily Dickinson, from girlhood to later years, a reclusive poet whose work was only recognised after her death. A thoughtful, profoundly serious film, that …

Sir Kenneth Calman at Brodick Library

Sir Kenneth Calman, ex-Chief Medical Officer of Scotland, England and Wales, Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, and from 2008 to 2009, convener of the Calman Commission on Scottish devolution, was at Brodick Library on the 22nd November with his wife Ann, to read some selections from his new book of poetry, Afterthoughts. David Underdown …

Poem for December

From ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’by Robert Browning   At the first shrill notes of the pipe, I heard a noise as of scraping tripe, And putting apples, wondrous ripe, Into a cider-press’s gripe; And a moving away of pickle-tub boards, And a leaving ajar of conserve-cupboards, And a drawing of corks of train-oil-flasks, And …

Poem for November – Sonnet by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Poem for November Sonnet by Edna St. Vincent Millay What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why, I have forgotten, and what arms have lain Under my head till morning; but the rain Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh Upon the glass and listen for reply, And in my heart …