After Arcadia: Cy Twombly

After Arcadia: Cy Twombly

Use repurposing, erasure and collage to create new poems

The American artist Cy Twombly was known for his paintings that incorporated scattered phrases and scribbled words, a kind of personal graffiti. His source texts were often borrowed lines from poets, whose work he valued for their use of the ‘condensed phrase’. This workshop draws together some of Twombly’s favourite poets – including Catullus, Rilke and Cavafy – and considers how their words and ideas are fused with the act of painting. We will borrow some of Twombly’s techniques, such as gesture, repurposing of existing text and erasure / painting over, as methods to generate new poems.

This course is a pair with After Arcadia: Ian Hamilton Finlay, on 9 March. Students are welcome to sign up for both!

Saturday 9 February, 10.30am – 4.30pm

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

(Image credit: ‘cytwombly’)

About Tamar Yoseloff View Profile

Tamar Yoseloff’s fifth collection, A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems, was published by Seren in 2015. She is also the author of Formerly, a chapbook incorporating photographs by Vici MacDonald (Hercules Editions, 2012) shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award; two collaborative editions with the artist Linda Karshan; and a book with the artist David Harker. She is a London-based freelance tutor in creative writing, and runs site-specific writing courses for galleries such as the Hayward, the Royal Academy and the Tate. Her blog, Invective Against Swans, explores the intersections between poetry and visual art.

‘I have been writing poetry on my own without any feedback, and I have learned that having a community of poets all helping and encouraging one another, including with constructive feedback, is very helpful as I am developing as a writer.’

– Spring 2018 survey response

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