Only Love Studio (Spring 2020)

Only Love Studio (Spring 2020)

Write poems straight from the heart

Jeanette Winterson says in her novel The Passion, “Do it from the heart or not at all”. So, too, is the case with writing poetry. This is a course not only for lovers, or romantics, but also for those who are willing to take a journey into the heart. If you write from a place of love, if you are operating from a place of love, then love resides in your words, and in your poems. Love is obsessive, of course it is, for love is at the core of being human. Who doesn’t want to be loved, to love another, or to be in love? In this course, we will read love poems that have love at their center, love poems that have love at their periphery and love poems that are simply about the heart and its wanting. In this 21st century, the only thing stronger than anger and rage is love. We will read poems by both contemporary poets and poets of the past that explore all types of love whether they be romantic love, platonic love or love for a place or idea. Love is at the center of everything. Sample poets we will read include Marie Howe, Victoria Redel, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Sexton, Dorianne Laux, Maggie Smith, and more.

Studios are 3-4 week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students. 

For more information visit our Online Courses page.

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About Leah Umansky View Profile

Leah Umansky is the author of two full length collections, The Barbarous Century (2018), and Domestic Uncertainties (2013), among others. She earned her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and is the curator and host of The COUPLET Reading Series in NYC. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as POETRY, Guernica, Bennington Review, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day, Poetry International, The New York Times, Rhino, Pleiades, and the anthologies, The Eloquent Poem (Persea Books) and Misrepresented Peoples (NYQ Books). She is #teamstark #teamelliot & #teambernard and can be found at @Lady_bronte and

‘Having had some difficult times in the past few years, I have found great diversion and support from every class I’ve been to. My confidence has increased and my interest in and knowledge of poetry has improved as well. The standard of engagement and tutoring is very high.’

– Summer 2018 survey response

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