Her Voracious Stare: Inspiration from the Eye & Art of Dora Maar

Her Voracious Stare: Inspiration from the Eye & Art of Dora Maar

Get inspired with a day at the Tate Modern before coming together to workshop new poems a month later.

Exploring new perspectives and communicating what we see (or what we think and feel we see) is essential to writing poems and bearing unique witness in your work. Over these two Sundays you’ll discover daring and distorted ways of seeing, uncover the unexpected, and view the familiar at fresh angles to invigorate your writing with the surrealist energy of Dora Maar.

The first session will take place at the Tate Modern, where you’ll explore the largest retrospective of Dora Maar ever held in the UK, with a guided tour and discussion of the exhibition, followed by some dedicated time to write.

Maar signed her name to numerous left-wing manifestos – a radical gesture for a woman at that time – and her work spans photography, painting, and poetry, so this course will present a broad range of exciting artworks as inspiration, starting block, and springboard for your own writing. Participants are not expected to have extensive knowledge of Maar’s work, or wider visual art, and this course will present an open-to-all introduction to her work and general ekphrastic writing. You’ll get the chance to experiment with perception, perspective, and viewpoint in your poems, playing with poem-montages and poem-as-document, poem-as-camera forms.

The second session will be at the Poetry School, a month later, and take the form of a developmental writing, editing, and sharing workshop, focused on your new work inspired by the gallery visit and helping you guide these poems into their final forms.

Sunday 9 February & Sunday 15 March, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

The first of these two sessions will take place at the Tate Modern, and the second will be held at the Poetry School, 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.

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey).
Please contact [email protected] for further information.
Image Credit: Jarle Refsnes

About Rachel Long View Profile

Rachel Long is a poet & the founder of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour. Octavia was founded in response to the lack of inclusivity & representation in poetry & the academy. Octavia are housed at the Southbank Centre, London. Rachel’s work has featured most recently in Filigree: An Anthology of Contemporary Black British Poetry, and MalJournal of Sexuality And Erotics (No.4, Real Girls). She is the co-translator of O Martelo/The Hammer by Brazilian poet & activist, Adelaide Ivanova. She is co-tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme, & Poetry Fellow of University of Hertfordshire.

‘The Poetry School courses gave me very valuable access to tutors and a community of poets. I never had prior experience of such a supportive setting for doing creative work. There is a sense of trust that feedback from both tutors and students will be helpful and honest.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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