Shape bold new poems under the mastery of the great sculptors
Handling poems as built objects, this workshop explores the studio practices of sculptors – both contemporary and ancient – for lessons that apply to our writing. While considering the roles that sculpture has played – as monster, as memory, as collage, as intrusion – we’ll discuss various ways that artists have imbued matter with life. How can we use wordlessness, stillness, (im)balance, and rhythm in our work? What can the ‘lost wax’ process teach us about placeholders in our drafts? This course considers not only additive modes of creativity but also its opposites – subtractive sculpting, ephemeral art, vandalism, and natural decomposition – for insights into the meaning of form. We will also turn our attention to the unfolding of space within our poems. Quotes and images will be drawn from sculptors like Bourgeois, Michelangelo, Walker, Duchamp, Horn, Giacometti, Benglis, Rodin, Messager, and Suh. We’ll also consider concepts and poems from Hopkins, Padel, Rilke, Morgan, O’Hara, Dickinson, Basho, Brooks, Browning and Coleridge.
Masterclasses are a new course format, an expanded version of our Interactive and International courses, with a much deeper consideration of technical craft and critical theory. These 12 week courses (maximum 10 places) are for advanced students only, and fluency with poetic language and ideas will be assumed. There are no regular live chats and they are suitable for UK and International students.
About Eric Berlin View Profile
Eric Berlin’s poems have been awarded the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Bradford on Avon Poetry Prize, National Poetry Prize (UK) and The Ledge Poetry Prize, and were finalists for the Manchester Poetry Prize, Ruth Stone Prize, and Allen Ginsberg Award, among others. He has been granted residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm, and Constance Saltonstall Foundation, and his poems have appeared in journals such as Hunger Mountain, North American Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Jewish Currents, The Poetry Review, The Rialto and The White Review. Assistant Editor for The Cortland Review, he lives near Syracuse, New York, where he works as a freelance editor and teaches.
‘It made me realise that there is a poetry community, which is diverse, creative, curious and interesting, and that I belong to it.’