Choose love, write against brokenness and towards the idea of praise
To look at the brokenness within and around us and still choose to write poems of praise is an act of resistance. To consider the political moment we live in today and still choose to write love poems is an act of defiance and perhaps self-preservation. From romantic and sensual pieces written for/inspired by lovers and ex-lovers, to poems for children, places, friends, parents, lost ones, the body, God, and the self, we’ll attempt to do what Rainer Maria Rilke describes in the following lines: ‘O tell us, poet, what is it you do? –I praise.’ We’ll consider how love poems are inherently political in their insistence on wonder. We’ll read and write poems that celebrate the everyday, that express gratitude despite our ephemeral lives and a world we know is filled with hurt. We’ll read the work of writers like Maggie Smith, Kaveh Akbar, Danez Smith, Sharon Olds, Martín Espada, Carolyn Forché, Ocean Vuong, Ada Limón, Matthew Dickman, Matthew Olzmann, Raymond Antrobus, Ellen Bass, Dorianne Laux, Kim Addonizio, and Ross Gay, among others, and discuss the different ways in which they love and praise.
5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.
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About Zeina Hashem Beck View Profile
Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her most recent collection, Louder than Hearts (2017), won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. She’s also the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a 2016 smith|doorstop Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her first collection, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her work has won Best of the Net, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Forward Prize, and has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Ambit, and The Rialto, among others. She lives in Dubai, where she has founded and runs PUNCH, a poetry and open mic collective. She reads in the Middle East and internationally. Find her on www.zeinahashembeck.com
‘The Poetry School employs talented tutors. Their inspiration, in the form of prompts and examples other poets’ work, serves to generate new poems that you would never otherwise have written. It is useful to have deadlines to work to and peers to read and critique your work. An invaluable resource to beginners and established poets alike.’