Here are the dates of the Stoke Stanza sessions at The Leopard until November 2016. All at 7.30pm upstairs at The Leopard Hotel, 21 Market Street, Burslem, Stoke on Trent ST6 3DS.
Next meeting: Tuesday, July 19th. Bring a poem to share and discuss (15 copies please).
August 23rd with Mary King as guest poet, winner of the Smith/Doorstop pamphlet competition.
September 20th with Angela Topping as our guest poet.
October 18th with Peter Branson as guest poet.
November 22nd with Oliver Leech as our guest poet.
In the new year we look forward to the launch of Bo Crowder’s first collection, Euphony published by the Offa Press.
Meanwhile, here is a recent poem by a Leopard regular.
Much darker than the blackest night,
As cold and silent as the tomb,
This world that never sees the light
Of day, a place of stygian gloom:
But not a place devoid of life.
Here multitudes abound and thrive,
All locked in never ending strife,
In constant fight to stay alive.
What great leviathans patrol
Abysmal plains and seabed peak,
Each one fulfilling Nature’s role
Where strength prevails upon the weak?
So many things yet to discover,
Unseen in this pelagic deep,
So much that man is waiting to uncover,
Perhaps to rouse the kraken from its sleep!
Mary King is relatively new to writing poems seriously. She was brought up in Tower Hill and was a Science teacher there and in Hackney. With no time for what had been her favourite subject at school she took her students to the theatre and on school trips to Italy. She is married with children and grandchildren. Mary joined a writing class when paid work finished and this spurred her on to begin to learn the craft and to write more regularly. She lives in Staffordshire and is involved with the Stanza group at the Leopard in Burslem and Keele Poets at Silverdale.