Controlled Panic: Poetry and Obsession

Controlled Panic: Poetry and Obsession

Investigate obsession and repetition as writing techniques for new poems.

This course will investigate the use of obsession as a writing technique. Over five weekly sessions, we’ll look at forms that make use of repeating words and refrains, and in particular those that tailor their own forms of compulsive return.  We’ll explore the ways in which an idée fixe may be modulated, and the ways in which the terms of a poem can be reshuffled.  We’ll also make use of the list poem as a means of tapping enduring fixations.

Starts 1 March. 5 weekly sessions, 6:45pm – 8:45pm on Thursdays. 

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

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About Abigail Parry View Profile

Abigail Parry completed her PhD on wordplay in poetry. Her poems have been set to music, translated into Spanish and Japanese, broadcast on BBC and RTÉ Radio, and widely published in journals and anthologies. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2010, and won the Ballymaloe Prize, the Troubadour Prize and the Free Verse Prize in 2016. Her first collection, Jinx, will be published by Bloodaxe in 2018. A chapbook of her translations of Baroque Spanish love poems, Death by Hearts and Flowers, is published by Laudanum.

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