Out of the Ordinary (International)

Out of the Ordinary (International)

To live a normal life, that's where the poetry is

Even though many of us live in places or lead lives that could be considered ‘exotic’ to others, the power of our poetry, and our ability to communicate meaningfully through poetry is rooted in our everyday experiences: the commonplace things we notice on a day to day basis. This aligns with William Carlos Williams assertion that there are ‘no ideas but in things’ and during this course we are going to be looking at a number of poems, articles, and films that celebrate the humdrum and the everyday; poems about repairing a roof, topping up brake fluid, walking the dog or travelling home in the dark between two lit rooms. In this course we will look at a wide variety of poems that celebrate ‘the ordinary’, and use these as spark off points for our own writing. Poets we will look at will include Jack Gilbert, Jo Shapcott, Michael Laskey, Phillip Levine, Gillian Allnutt, Raymond Carver, Jessica Greenbaum, Wislawa Szymborszka, Anna Swir and many many more. An ideal course for anyone who wants to try something new within their own writing.

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

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About David Tait View Profile

David Tait lives in Nanjing, China, where he works as a teacher. His first collection Self-Portrait with The Happiness (2014) received an Eric Gregory Award and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection and Polari First Book Prizes. A follow-up pamphlet Three Dragon Day (2015) won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and was shortlisted for The Michael Marks Award. His new collection, The AQI, is out October 2018.

‘Doing a course with the Poetry School pushed me to spend the time and effort on my writing, and getting tutor and peer feedback made me edit my work more, which made it much better.’

– Summer 2018 survey response

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