How can poetry help us discover the ecstatic in the everyday?
In a recent article on spiritual poems for Poetry, Jane Hirshfield writes that ‘whatever lives on the breath, must have its spiritual dimension’. If this is so, what are poems but prayers? The beauteous and majestic is all around us, even in the mundane and unremarkable moments of our lives. Fortunately, poetry offers the ideal medium with which to reckon with it all. In this course, we think of the poet as seer, as mystic, as devotee. We will begin by reading a wide range of poems in an effort to explore how different poets from different times, traditions, and places (from Rumi to Longfellow, from Shelley to Dickinson, from Walcott to Oliver to the present moment) grapple with the divine. Using these several poems as our initial devotions, and our own traditions and religions as platforms, we will set about wading through our own explorations and use the fortnightly discussions to talk about the readings and workshop our own poems.
5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.
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Richard Georges is the author of two collections of poetry, Make Us All Islands (Shearsman Books, 2017) and Giant (Platypus Press, 2018). He won the Marvin Williams Prize for Caribbean Literature in 2015, and has been shortlisted for several other awards, namely the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Hollick Arvon Prize, the Small Axe Literary Prize, and the Wasafiri New Writing Prize. His poems have appeared in Prelude, Smartish Pace, Wasafiri, Baldhip, The Poetry Review, The Rusty Toque, Those That This, Cordite Poetry Review, Barrelhouse and elsewhere.
‘The Poetry School online courses provide an invaluable opportunity to people, no matter where they are based, to learn more about poetry, hone their own poetry, and be part of a poet community. The quality of teaching and student interaction is wonderful. Thank you Poetry School!’