Arrange, Layer, Combine: Poetry & Collage Studio

Arrange, Layer, Combine: Poetry & Collage Studio

Get tactile and explore poetry as a kind of architecture.

‘I believe that a poem is an emotional-intellectual-physical construct […]’ — Stephen Dobyns

It is common for poets who are just starting out to think that a finished poem stays in the same order in which it was conceived, i.e. the beginning remains the beginning and the end, the end. But drafts are much more dynamic, malleable, and made up of smaller pieces, such as words, imagery, metaphor, and associations. In this course, you’ll learn to see poems as a collage of components.

We’ll apply a craftsperson’s sensibility to the art of locating subject matter, drafting and finding the form of a poem. We’ll apply scaffolding techniques to poem drafts, ‘upcycle’ poem scraps to give those fragments new life, build images and form poetry collages using traditional and experimental forms. We’ll look at sample poems by Airea D. Matthews, Tyehimba Jess, Sharon Dolin, Jennifer Keith, Fiona Benson, Jane Hirshfield, Sharon Olds, and amongst others.

This Studio Course is a follow-up to Zakia’s ‘Poetry Collage IG Live Workshop’, which ran on the poetry School Instagram earlier this year. We’ll review what was covered in that initial class and take the learning further; attendance of that first workshop is not required to join this course and the material from that class can also be provided to students.

Studios are 4 week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students. 

For more information visit our Online Courses page.

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About Zakia Carpenter-Hall View Profile

Zakia Carpenter-Hall is a writer, tutor and critic. Her poems have appeared in CallalooMagmaWild Court3:AM and various visual poetry exhibitions. She was an inaugural winner of Poetry London’s mentoring scheme and her chapbook Event Horizon was published by Sampson Low. Her poetry reviews and essays have been published by Poetry London, The Poetry School, Wild Court and The Poetry Review. Additionally, her approach to teaching and course design has gained the interest of Airbnb Experience and BBC Radio where she was interviewed about her course ‘Awakening the Writer Within’. Her most recent project collaborations include Crossed Lines: Literature and Telephony with Nottingham Trent University, her poem ‘Fortune Cookie’ is featured in the ‘Dial-a-Poem’ mobile app, and her poems will feature in an eco-socialist project with Storybox Collective and The William Morris Society. She is a 2020 Jerwood Bursary Recipient, London Library Emerging Writer and shortlisted for The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize.

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