Language as Material: Scrapbooking & Poem Generation (Spring 2023)

Language as Material: Scrapbooking & Poem Generation (Spring 2023)

Language is often remade and re-envisioned through poetry, join us to expand your practice and explore different techniques in this area.

Language can be remade and re-envisioned through poetry, join us to expand your practice and explore different techniques in this area. 

Words have a tactile past: the metal type used to print newspapers in the 19th century; typewriters and the way they punched each letter onto paper; and the scrapbooking techniques of early modernist poets, which meant sections were often clipped from a range of print media and notebooks before being rearranged as the inspiration for poems. 

In this course, we will experience literature as a physical presence by scrapbooking fragments, bits of general (and specific) information, and highlighting the relationships between them. By combining source materials in new and interesting ways, we will experience the worlds of our poems anew.  

Informed by research into various modern poetic collage practices, you’ll read poems by a variety of poets such as Marianne Moore, Olive Senior, Matthew Olzmann, Kaveh Akbar, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, and more. And stretching our understanding of a poem’s possibilities, we’ll be looking at the ‘hybrid’ work of Renee Gladman and Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa. 

We’ll use scrapbooking as a method for developing our creative interests, gathering materials, and poetic composition. So, you’ll need a notebook to collect your clippings, some old newspapers and magazines you don’t mind cutting up for collaging and montaging, glue or tape, alongside a willingness to get messy and let your work be unpolished.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.  

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]. For more information visit our Online Courses page

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About Zakia Carpenter-Hall View Profile

Zakia Carpenter-Hall is a writer, tutor and critic who enjoys working at the intersections of subject matter and artistic mediums. Her poetry and reviews have both been published in each of the following, sometimes within the same issue: Poetry Wales, The Poetry Review, Wild Court, Magma, and elsewhere. Her reviews have also appeared in Poetry London and on the Poetry School’s website. Human Ecologies (2021) is her ecopoetry film commissioned by The Scottish Poetry Library in partnership with Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival and Obsidian Foundation. She was the editorial intern for Magma 82 – Obsidian, a former Poetry London mentee, Jerwood Bursary Recipient, and London Library Emerging Writer. In addition to having tutored at the Poetry School, she has also taught courses at Kingston University in London and Royal Holloway University of London. Her poetry pamphlet Into the Same Sound Twice is forthcoming in April 2023 with Seren.

‘Poetry School courses help to keep me on my toes as a poet and up to date with developments in poetry and ways of approaching it. A number of poems written as a result of attending courses have been published.’

- Spring 2021 Survey

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