Explore the plural possibilities of extending your poetry into sequences
What can a sequence of poems achieve that other poems can’t? Sustain an episodic narrative, support atmospheric vignettes, discuss a many-sided argument, look at the same object from many points of view, create suspense, map the creative process – there are always plural possibilities. Sometimes a poem begs to extend beyond its reach, to free itself from the straitjacket of ’40 lines or less’. In this course we’ll be experimenting and exploring the potential of the poem sequence – from long multi-part poems, to serial poems that talk to each other in surprising ways – looking at poets such Kei Miller, Carrie Etter, Tiphanie Yannique and Richard Price. Not knowing what direction we will take, we will also work on our own sequences using writing exercises focused on different themes and styles, liberating our voice from the limits of the shorter lyric and sounding out spaces ‘between the gaps’.
5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. Live chats on Wednesdays, 7-9pm GMT, first live chat starting 11 October.
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About Suzannah Evans View Profile
Suzannah Evans is a poet, creative writing teacher and tutor /mentor based in Sheffield. She is currently director of South Yorkshire Poetry Festival. She also works as a freelance poetry editor and publicist. Her poetry has been widely published in magazines including Magma, The Rialto, The North, Poetry Review and The London Magazine. Her pamphlet Confusion Species was a winner in the 2011 Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition, and in 2013 she received the Andrew Waterhouse Award from New Writing North.
She has taught courses for The Poetry School and workshops for a number of museums and galleries. She has also been mentoring poets to develop their work since 2013 and works as Production Manager for The Poetry Business.
"As someone currently unable to access face to face groups or courses, I find the online community invaluable. I am writing regularly now and the courses and feedback have improved my knowledge as well as my ability to express myself. Working with top poets is brilliant and affordable here as well as making connections with others as I have limited social interaction and no other 'professional' interaction at present. I would say the Poetry School is helping me become a poet rather than someone who dabbles. It is a very important place for me and I hope to be able to participate more widely as my health improves."