Imagine new narratives from history’s spectres
This Studio will explore the notion of a poem as a hauntological text by channelling the voices of ghosts. The ghost writer, simultaneously haunting the text and haunted by their own spectral presence, will be our central figure through which we will explore a method of writing evoking ghostly messages and injunctions. Considering biography as a mythologising mode that glosses over the difficulty of historical reflection by marginalising identities, this Studio will encourage participants to consider how something like a séance can become a viable poetic practice, allowing language that has been subsumed by history to find a home in poems. By freeing lines and language from their favourite biographies and letters, the aim will be for poets to reimagine lives, people and personae, and allow voices to speak in new ways, from beyond the grave of biographical mummification and obscurity. Works that will be referred to throughout the course will include Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Anne Carson’s Nox and James Nixon’s Rimbaud Manuscript. Poets will be encouraged to accept the intervention of ghost writers, their fellow poets, in approaching biographies and letters (the primary material which will be used to help construct our poems) and we will use these skewed documents to help reimagine existing narrative. Poets should expect to leave with poems providing a new and spectral perspective on their most familiar histories and stories.
Studios are three week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students.
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