Different Voices: Poetry as Dialogue & Assembly (International)

Different Voices: Poetry as Dialogue & Assembly (International)

Discover the possibilities of multi-vocal poetry on the page.

From TS Eliot’s The Waste Land to Cathy Park Hong’s Dance Dance Revolution, multi-vocal poetry on the page encompasses conversations, choruses, and cacophonies of different voices. Such multiplicity can evoke and celebrate place and community, valorise the vernacular voice, talk back to power, challenge and rewrite dominant narratives.

This course will examine different approaches to multi-vocal poetry, including: using found text and archive material; recorded interviews and overheard voices; reimagining voices from history and myth; and creating original fictional voices and communities. Through reading and creative analysis of work by Alice Oswald, Kei Miller, Fiona Benson, Julia Copus, Jay Bernard, Solmaz Sharif, and Cath Park Hong, we will discover the challenges and possibilities of using more than one voice. In our writing, we’ll assemble multiple texts, characters, and perspectives, playing with register, tone and texture to bring our voices to life in the blank space of the page.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.

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About Kate Potts View Profile

Kate Potts is a poet, academic and editor. Her debut pamphlet Whichever Music (tall-lighthouse, 2008) was a Poetry Book Society choice and was shortlisted for a Michael Marks Award. Her first full-length collection is Pure Hustle (Bloodaxe Books, 2011). Her second collection, Feral (Bloodaxe Books, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society recommendation and a Telegraph poetry book of the month. Kate teaches poetry and creative writing for Middlesex University and The Poetry School, freelances as a mentor, editor and events producer, and works for an independent publisher.

'Courses offered by the Poetry School have been invaluable in my progression as a poet. Through them I have developed from beginner to published poet. The Poetry School is a vital institution and has been of foundational importance to my working life as a poet.'

- Summer 2020 survey response

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