The format of the workshop was to send our poems out before we met, so that would already have responded to them. This worked very well, though inevitably some of us did not have time to send our poems before the meeting. Still, when poems were sent before we met, each of us was able to read a poem that we had already created, and others would have already commented on them, and this made for a very good critique for each poet. This is my favorite type of workshop!
Sadly, as time went by, our lives changed. I needed to look after my husband and Deming was in Florida during the winter. We met when we could, but when my husband died, and I decided to move to Northampton, it was clear that Still Puddle would not continue. As Deming commented of the last of Still Puddle, we had had “a good run for our money.”