The stanza meeting on a selection of Penelope Shuttle’s poems yesterday evening was (as always) very interesting. Thank you for choosing the poems Robbie. I was particularly interested to hear Sarah saying that “if she had put this or that in her poem she would probably have edited it out” and (what I thought were) some very pertinent questions by Dave about the logic of words and the concept of abstract over concrete. Jonathan made some interesting comments about the change of punctuation or the lack of it. I found Chris’ explanations an insight into the poetry. Gill is an admirable ambassador for Penelope’s poetry and seems to be able to find a valid explanation for everything I found impossible to understand. Are we being a bit too critical when we do our read and feedback sessions?
Love to get some feedback on my question.