Geography for the Lost

Geography for the Lost

Explore travel poems that focus on the journey and how travel can change us.

Kapka Kassabova’s seminal collection, from which this course takes its name, weaves together poems that ‘speak of the many ways to be lost and disoriented: in a place, in the past, in fear, in love’.  

On this course we will write poems that explore journeys, isolation, loneliness; we will write travel poems that lack the glamour of travel – poems that focus on the journey, the people met along the way, and the way that travel has changed us, oriented us. Poets we look at will include Elizabeth Jennings, Katia Kapovitch, Elizabeth Bishop, Paul Tran, Alvin Pang and Kapka Kassabova, among many others.  

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

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]. For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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About David Tait View Profile

David Tait lives in Shanghai, China, where he works as a teacher. His first collection Self-Portrait with The Happiness (2014) received an Eric Gregory Award and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection and Polari First Book Prizes. A follow-up pamphlet Three Dragon Day (2015) won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and was shortlisted for The Michael Marks Award. His most recent collection, The AQI, was published in October 2018 and was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize. 

‘I tapped and released stuff into my poems that I had not dared reach before, as if I was on this creative journey for the first time, and it was wonderful.’

– Autumn 2022 survey response

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