The Nervous Line and its Performative Break

The Nervous Line and its Performative Break

Study the dynamics of a line of poetry, and consider ways in which a line might be wildly interpreted.

In this workshop we will study the dynamics of a line of poetry, and consider ways in which a line might be wildly interpreted: as a phenomenological break in time; as a bounding surface; as a radical measurement of similitude; as an analogue of a fragmented body; a barricade; a cell. We will look at poets and poems that play the line/-break in particular ways (from Gerard Manley Hopkins to Nat Raha) and dedicate our bodies and minds to composing energetic lines that give way to radical forms.

Saturday 2 June. One-day workshop, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

This workshop will be in our new offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU.  The venue is 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the Lower Road exit onto Surrey Quays Road, cross over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices are on the left.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

(Image credit: ‘Abbey Hendrickson’)

About Holly Pester View Profile

Holly Pester is a poet and educator. Pester has featured in readings, performances and sound installations at Segue, New York, dOCUMENTA 13, the Serpentine Poetry Marathon. Her book, go to reception and ask for Sara in red felt tip (Book Works, 2015) is a collection of poetry and experimental fictions written in response to the Women’s Art Library archives and her album, Common Rest (Test Centre, 2016) is a collection of collaborative lullabies and sound poems. Her work has featured in Poetry London, The White Review, The Believer online and The Poetry Review. She is lecturer in Poetry and Performance at University of Essex.

‘The Poetry School has helped me create work which has gone on to be published. It has helped me to improve and to gain confidence as both a writer and reader of poetry. And it has made me feel part of a wider community of poets and poetry lovers.’

Autumn 2017 Survey response

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