A Cambridge Recollection

Well, it’s been awhile. But the season, according to Keats, “of mists and mellow fruitfulness,” when the air begins to carry a hint of the long winter to come and when pipe smoking comes into its own, is soon to be upon us. I, for one, am looking forward to cooler temps and a good smoke around a blazing fire.

I recently received a response to this blog from Malcolm Guite, a musician and poet who was part of a group including Jerry Root that met recently at the Orchard in Grantchester, near Cambridge. During a conversation about poetry, a few people pulled out pipes and when Malcolm couldn’t find his own, Jerry made him a present of an old Peterson. For those of us who know Jerry, this is nothing new. We have all been the beneficiaries of his largesse at one time or another. The first pipe I ever owned was given to me by Jerry. As he himself has frequently said, “I get the joy of things twice. Once when I get them, and once when I give them away.” Malcolm commemorated the moment on his website. Check it out:



~ by Mark Neal on August 10, 2010.

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