Claiming the Margin as Centre

Claiming the Margin as Centre

Centering our various marginalised identities

“I stood at the border and claimed it as central”
Toni Morrison

“we die. that may be the meaning of life. but we do language. that may be the measure of our lives.”
Toni Morrison

What borders are you standing at unsure of how to claim their liminality as central? In online course we will explore the works of writers fearlessly centring their various ‘marginalised’ identities, experiences or perspectives to carve out new fruitful ways of exploring our own positions. In considering various poets’ approaches to selfhood and centring parts of themselves that are usually pushed to the edge in discourse and society, we will flesh out new means to bring language to our own marginalities and complexities. Looking at works by poets including Malika Booker, Raymond Antrobus, Mary Jean Chan, Carl Phillips and more we will consider how to ‘do language’ and do justice to the full measure of our lives, including the aspects we silence, or push to the edge. We will do this so as not to miss out on the fertility of our own overlooked landscapes.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. Live chats on Thursdays, 7-9pm GMT, first live chat starting 6 Feb 2020.

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About Remi Graves View Profile

Remi Graves is a London based poet, facilitator and drummer. A former Barbican Young Poet, her work has been commissioned by St Paul’s Cathedral and Visit England. Her past projects include a residency at Croydon Library with Spine Festival and she held the role of Digital Poet in Residence with 1215.today and The Poetry School. Remi’s poems can be found in publications such as Skin DeepOrlando Zine and NON Quarterly. Remi was a 2017 National Poetry Day Ambassador and is a 2018 Toast poet, she has performed at Cheltenham Literature Festival, Tate Modern, St Paul’s and more.

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