Keep your work vital and disruptive in a shifting world by writing poetry where it has no business being
Poetry is a revolutionary act. It speaks the unspoken and gives voice to our authentic, subconscious mind. But where can poetry exist within a spectacular society that often fails to separate advertising from art, spin from reality? Nowadays, when being a non-conformist is seen as just another marketing angle, how can we keep poetry vital and disruptive? This Studio course will focus on how to use poetry as a tool for interference in an ever-increasing media ‘spectacle’ in which words change their meaning rapidly. On the timely 50 year anniversary of Guy Debord’s book, The Society of the Spectacle, we will use guerrilla tactics to write poetry where it has no business being, creating disturbances and surprises for an unsuspecting public and using the internet as our own personal scribbling pad. Expect to make interesting connections in your poetry and to create a new bizarre audience for your work.
Poetry 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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Emma Hammond has self-published two pamphlets and has three full collections with Flipped Eye, Penned in the Margins and ZimZalla. Her second collection The Story of No has been shortlisted for the Ledbury Poetry Prize and her third Waves on a boring beach won runner up in the Saboteur awards for best poetry pamphlet. Emma has taught various courses at the Poetry School as well as in conjunction with Cambridge University and also tutors one on one.
‘Time spent working on words, thinking about how we write, where to use a comma and why to use a comma is one of those detailed moments of study that only working with other poets can make possible – the Poetry School is one of those havens in which you can explore content and intent with other writers and talented tutors’