The New York Influence 2: Basquiat and Jazz Poetry

The New York Influence 2: Basquiat and Jazz Poetry

Take inspiration from Basquiat, Langston Hughes and Frank O’Hara, and use their improvisatory and collaborative energy to create new poems.

Jean-Michel Basquiat first rose to prominence in the late 1970s, when a blend of early post punk, hip hop and street art was breathing new energy into the New York art scene. Basquiat was also influenced by jazz and bebop, as exemplified by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. In this session, we’ll take inspiration from Basquiat’s ‘personal iconography’, the combination of text and image in his paintings, and some jazz-influenced poems – from Langston Hughes and Frank O’Hara, amongst others – and use this improvisatory and collaborative energy to create new poems of our own.

Saturday 23 June. One-day workshop, 10.30am – 4.30pm. This is part 2 of a two-part course, but attendance of the previous session is not required.

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.

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(Image credit: ‘Melanie Lazarow’)

About Tamar Yoseloff View Profile

Tamar Yoseloff’s fifth collection, A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems, was published by Seren in 2015. She is also the author of Formerly, a chapbook incorporating photographs by Vici MacDonald (Hercules Editions, 2012) shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award; two collaborative editions with the artist Linda Karshan; and a book with the artist David Harker. She is a London-based freelance tutor in creative writing, and runs site-specific writing courses for galleries such as the Hayward, the Royal Academy and the Tate. Her blog, Invective Against Swans, explores the intersections between poetry and visual art.

‘This Poetry School workshop has helped me remember my love of language and all the wonderful things I could do with it. At a time of great personal difficulty, it has inspired me to carry on and be proud of seeing the world differently.’

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