Accidental Love Poems

Accidental Love Poems

Learn to take your writing in unexpected directions and how to find the intimate in surprising places.

One of my favourite poems of the last few years is a poem by John McCullough called ‘Lichen’, which opens with the lines ‘It prefers untended places, drab corners / where it arrives like a boon’. As the poem progresses the subject matter opens up to wider themes:  

its chintzy blooms 
opening on concrete as though 
it were love itself, giddy and bountiful,
living on rain and dust. 

During this course we are going to look at poems that go beyond their apparent subject matter – poems that feel as though they started in one direction and find themselves, by the end, by the redraft, in quite unexpected territory. We will look at ways to make the landscape personal, ways of tapping into the flora and fauna of our cities to speak of more intimate things. In short, this will be a course where we will hope to surprise ourselves. 

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.  

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected] For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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About David Tait View Profile

David Tait lives in Nanjing, China, where he works as a teacher. His first collection Self-Portrait with The Happiness (2014) received an Eric Gregory Award and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection and Polari First Book Prizes. A follow-up pamphlet Three Dragon Day (2015) won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and was shortlisted for The Michael Marks Award. His most recent collection, The AQI, was published in October 2018. 

Poetry School has been an excellent route into poetry and I have become a better poet through workshops, assignments, wider reading and live chats. There is such a vibrant community of tutors and poets and a wealth of new ideas and material at hand. All the courses are fresh, original and exciting.

- Spring 2021 Survey

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