'Worcester has an unusually strong cohort of talented female poets and two were on form tonight.
Jenny Hope is a hugely talented poet. Not only
is her poetry elegant, lyrical and precise, but she also revels in a
dry wit, and a knowing glance. From Petrolhead her 2010 collection, she read from The Man who Married His Car,
with the memorable opening : “ He was underneath her most weekends.”
Jenny matches ear-catching phrases with a beguiling delivery, Woman
included the line: “I seek out the roots of sleeping trees” – and we
A reluctant Ruth Stacey was dragooned onto stage,
fortunately she just happened to have the wonderful Go Round
committed to memory, picking up the arboreal theme with :“The deciduous
trees are gilded with decay.” Missing from the audience was fellow
Worcester Poet Suz Winspear whose signature piece is Evil Trees. I have made a mental note to decline any offer of a walk in the woods with those three.'
Gary's blog, which has great reviews, poetry and listings for the West Midlands.