‘I knew what was going to happen and I was right’: Poetry & TV Studio

‘I knew what was going to happen and I was right’: Poetry & TV Studio

We hear Netflix are scouting for the next great sonnet series.

‘Television! Teacher, mother, secret lover.’ – Homer J. Simpson

Television is an undeniable and important presence in our lives. In this course, we will read poems that use television to explore everyday life: boredom, love languages, loneliness, petty domestic feuds, human connections. We will explore the relationship between poetry and television – including cartoons, the poem as an episode, and TV characters as speakers – as a springboard for writing. We’ll think about how mentioning television in a poem might help us connect to our speakers.  We’ll discover that poems – which are so often seen as elitist or difficult – actually take much of their inspiration from the everyday or from a produced version of life, via reality TV. How better to express the way you feel and connect with readers, than to do it through the very things that make up your everyday life? We’ll think about how the structure of a television episode – from garish and surreal cartoons, to slow-burning drama – can help express our deepest anxieties, emotions, and dreams. Sample poets we will read include Rachael Allen, Rebecca Perry, Sam Riviere, Jennifer L. Knox, Morgan Parker, Jane Yeh, and Luke Kennard.

Studios are 4 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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Jenna Clake’s debut collection, Fortune Cookie, was awarded the Melita Hume Prize, an Eric Gregory Award, and shortlisted for the Somerset Maugham Award. Her second full-length collection, Museum of Ice Cream, is forthcoming from Bloodaxe in March 2021.

‘The courses are stimulating and great for extending the range of one’s reading and writing. They’re refreshing and the process of giving and receiving feedback is useful.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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