Poems of Love, Poems of Praise (International, Autumn 2018)

Poems of Love, Poems of Praise (International, Autumn 2018)

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 second full-length collection, Louder than Hearts, 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 smith|doortop Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her first book, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her work has won Best of the Net, has been nominated for the Pushcart and the Forward Prize, and has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, and World Literature Today, among others. Her poem, ‘Maqam’ won Poetry Magazine’s 2017 Frederick Bock Prize. She lives in Dubai, where she has founded the poetry collective PUNCH. www.zeinahashembeck.com

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