May the Verse be with You: Poetry Inspired by Star Wars

May the Verse be with You: Poetry Inspired by Star Wars

Odes to the moon are something of a poetic cliché these days. But is the same true when that moon is a space station...?

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

Let’s sidestep any conversations about “high” and “low” art and skip straight to writing excellent poems inspired by the Star Wars films. Nine episodes (with more emphasis on the original trilogy); one whole day of writing about faith, hope, and Jedi.

What is Star Wars about: families, oppression, spiritual connection, temptation, self-belief, power, love, wookiees? This class will look at how to subsume the genre specifics of Star Wars into our own poetry, drawing out its timeless themes, challenging cliché, and articulating ourselves in unexpected ways.

We’ll think about what we love in Star Wars (e.g. characters, visual landscapes, language, worlds, relationships) and how we can write poems about or around them, relating them back to our own lives. It will be a fun day of generating new poems, and finding new ways to express ourselves.

Saturday 9 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

All classes will be in our offices 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: John Moeses Bauan

About Chrissy Williams View Profile

Chrissy Williams‘s first collection Bear (Bloodaxe, 2017), was described by The Daily Telegraph (50 Best Books of the Year) as an “inventive, goofy, oddly moving debut”, and by Poetry Review as having an “interest in the unknown [which] runs through the volume from ghost websites to distant galaxies”. Her pamphlet Flying into the Bear was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Awards. Her other work has been published in numerous pamphlets, magazine and anthologies, including Where Rockets Burn Through: Contemporary Science Fiction Poems From the UK (Penned in the Margins, 2012).

‘The Poetry School programmes such thoughtful and unusual courses and enables poets to feel validated, to become more curious, more skilled, more engaged in poetry and the world.’

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