Draw Down The Stars

Draw Down The Stars

Work with astrological archetypes for poetic insight and liberation

Join poet, performance artist & astrologer Francesca Lisette for a transformational workshop in which we’ll use the magic of the outer planets to bring structure, play and alterity into your writing process. We will look to Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto as our muses and guides. A brief background of the astrological lore of each planet will be provided, then we’ll look at literature and art which expresses the emotional states, developmental processes and general qualities related to that planet. We’ll engage in embodiment practices, movement and visualizations to engender various states of attention, fluidity and awareness. We’ll read literature connected to each archetype, including Walt Whitman for his exuberance, the distilled clarity of Rumi, the visionary blend of myth and politics in the work of Diane di Prima, & consider Bhanu Kapil’s anti-spectacular writing through/against trauma. Likewise, we’ll consider cues from the worlds of visual art and cinema. Dancing with will, intuition, and instinct we will experiment with writing poems from the perspective of wholly embodied beings, channeling oracular forces both within and beyond us.

Friday 19th July, 10.30am–1pm.

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

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 Francesca Lisette View Profile

Francesca Lisette’s second collection sub rosa: The Book of Metaphysics was recently published by Boiler House Press (UEA), and was chosen as a Book of the Year by The White Review. Francesca has performed across the UK, Europe & America and their work has been translated into German and Czech. Their poetry has appeared in Cordite Poetry Review, Chicago Review, Tripwire and several anthologies, most recently SPELLS: 21st Century Occult Poetry. Follow them on Instagram @lisetix or Twitter @franca_liszt.

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