Fuck Lyric: Politics and Poetic Form

Fuck Lyric: Politics and Poetic Form

Join the fight and write new, original poems in support of poetry's resistance against conservative conformity

The 1970s are finally over, and politics is back at the centre of poetry. It’s no coincidence, either, that after decades of stale conformity, the formal boundaries of lyric poetry are being pushed, examined and dismantled once again. Vahni Capildeo’s Measures of Expatriation, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, Jorie Graham’s P L A C E; all of these books have won major poetry prizes in the UK in recent years, and the questioning, combative attitude they represent is becoming more and more central to contemporary poetics. Whether it’s the politics of race and gender, or environmental and economic politics – poetry is right now engaged with a struggle to find new ways to represent different types of experience, oppression and resistance.

5 fortnightly sessions on Tuesdays 6.45pm – 8.45pm, starts 9 October.

All classes will be in our new 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.

About Joey Connolly View Profile

Joey Connolly grew up in Sheffield and now lives in London. He received an Eric Gregory award in 2014, and his first book, Long Pass, was published by Carcanet in 2017. He’s worked widely as a teacher, promoter, editor and reviewer of poetry.

The Poetry School acts as inspirer and renewer. It has opened new horizons and made me delve more deeply into what I can do with poetry!’

– Autumn 2017 Survey response

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