The Poetry School

The Poetry School
81 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6DX
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The Berlin Lens

We will use Lucia Berlin's collection of short stories, A Manual for Cleaning Women, as a lens to poets Morgan Parker and Arda Collins. Writing in response to a selection of their poems, we'll experiment with economy, pace and collage to overlay loneliness with shopping lists, alcoholism with picking up the kids. We'll…

Wed 26 Jul

£35 (£28; £33)

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Disclosure: The Art in the Autobiographical

Setting aside the loaded and frequently reductive term 'confessional' - contemporary poetry's own kryptonite - this workshop challenges the notion that there's anything artless in shaping compelling autobiographical narratives. Taking as our starting point selected examples from some of the finest poets, we'll consider…

Thu 27 Jul

£35 (£28; £33)

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Image & Narrative

Using poems from US/UK as a base we'll discuss and deconstruct scene transitioning using image and how these moments in narrative poetry can make our poems so much more than a single story. This is a half-day workshop running 10:30 -13:00 on Wednesday July 26th.

Wed 26 Jul

£35 (£28; £33)

  • 10:30 – 13:00

Poetry Vs. Shame

What exactly is shame and can we make poetry from it? Might poetry challenge and defeat shame itself? And might confronting shame turn us into better artists? These are just some of the questions we will be asking, whilst looking at how poets Daljit Nagra, C. K. Williams, Cavafy and Adrienne Rich, have grappled with shame…

Fri 28 Jul

£35 (£28; £33)

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Radiant Form

A poem can jump at you from the page - sometimes even before you've read it. How does that come about? Because it has claritas, a radiance that is produced by its perfect form. We will look at this 'effect' in poems that do not use traditional form, but nonetheless contain some hidden force. The class will include…

Thu 27 Jul

£35 (£28; £33)

  • 10:30 – 13:00

Writing a Flat-Pack Poem

What if writing a poem were like assembling a flat-pack piece of furniture? Through discussion of sample poems and a series of exercises, we'll look at ways of fabricating, assembling, and constructing poems by combining elements like imagery, metaphor and simile, sentence structure, and borrowed speech. Just follow the…

Fri 28 Jul

£35 (£28; £33)

  • 10:30 – 13:00

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