Body-ody-ody-ody – A Study (Spring 2023)

Body-ody-ody-ody – A Study (Spring 2023)

Giving your poetic body a physical presence.

* This course will take place on video-conferencing platform ZOOM *

Over this three-week course, we’ll study the body within the poem, exploring the varied approaches of writers who render and write the body in new and interesting ways including Terrance Hayes, Natalie Diaz, Chelsey Minnis, and Daniel Sluman.

We’ll learn how to make the body feel real in our own poems through honing an anatomic and physiological eye, an exactness of language, and a heightened sensitivity to movement – physical and liminal. We’ll learn how to give the people in our poems real bodies, real faces, real hands; we’ll give them gravity, height, weight, that can be read, seen, felt, 3D, through the page.

3 weekly Zoom sessions, running 6.30 – 8.00 pm (GMT), on 8, 15 and 22 February 2023. 

To apply for a concession rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. More information about how our Video Courses work can be found on the Video Courses page. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected].

Image Credit: Joyce McCown

About Rachel Long View Profile

Rachel Long is a poet & the founder of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour. Octavia was founded in response to the lack of inclusivity & representation in poetry & the academy. Rachel’s work has featured most recently in Filigree: An Anthology of Contemporary Black British Poetryand Mal – Journal of Sexuality And Erotics (No.4, ‘Real Girls’). She is the co-translator of O Martelo/The Hammer by Brazilian poet & activist, Adelaide Ivanova. She is co-tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme, & Poetry Fellow of University of Hertfordshire. Her debut collection My Darling from the Lions was published by Picador in 2020 and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

‘Poetry School courses help to keep me on my toes as a poet and up to date with developments in poetry and ways of approaching it. A number of poems written as a result of attending courses have been published.’

– Spring 2021 survey response

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