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New Books Group aka Event # 1 Tuesday, 2 February 2010

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SPL’s first Carry A Poem event got us off to a grand start yesterday – we squeezed 25 people around the tables, with enthusiastic discussion on what makes not just a good poem, but why particular poems are hard-wired into the memory or carried around for ever. Taught a poem by your grandmother, and still remember great screeds of it?  Surrendered to the romance of Yeats at 15?  All there. Great to see some familiar faces from regular library visitors, immediately pressganged into pouring the wine.  And plenty who said they hadn’t been in the library before, so a great chance to welcome them and let them know we’ll be very happy to see them again.  A great atmosphere, friendly and lively and open:  yep, this is why we love talking about poems… I saw an incredibly cherished and well-used edition of T S Eliot’s The Four Quartets, produced from Gerry’s bag, and holding together from willpower rather than binding. Jo rashly confessed to carrying _all_ of ‘Lord Ullin’s Daughter’ for years, off by heart, narrowly dodging public demand for a recitation. Two valiant teachers made it along, despite an entire day of Carrying A Poem in school – now that’s professionalism.  And plenty of handwritten contributions to the cards, laminated at the speed of light last night, and now fluttering along the borders of St Andrew Square garden.

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