Last week's theme 'Riches' continued a richness in contribution, newcomers again joining regulars. Claudia rehearsed Brazilian questions about existence, and Uberto shared the Latin American motif with 'What I Offer You' by Borges. Caroline evoked the secret of Christina Rossetti, Charley the war reflections of Robert Haas and Oliver a brief taste of Robert Frost. Chris precis-ed a 30,000 word poem, George offered a mini-life excursion and Gavin a history of young love. Back on theme Kelly read a little known Indian poet's 'Riches' while Angus offered 'Riches' of his own. Topically Leila recited Yeats's 'The Second Coming', and we ended the evening with Joel reciting and playing guitar behind recitation from others. As we moved into dark hours, someone suggested a more hidden or mysterious theme for next time, so why not investigate what is OCCULT?
You have written a lyric you want to try out. You need to send a verbal message to a friend. You have to excoriate those who have traduced you. You long to share the beauty of a language few have heard. Maybe you just want to celebrate a favourite, or read from a first edition found on a shelf.
All these are possible on Friday evenings at the Society Club. You can sing a capella. You can recite a soliloquy from a play, or share a poetic passage in prose. Only one rule: don’t go on for more than five minutes. Others are waiting and soon another will get up and do his/her thing too. Then it is back to delicious cocktails and exuberant chat.
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