Poetics of Presence (Exeter)

Poetics of Presence (Exeter)

Learn to practise poetry as a method of deep-listening and an expansion of how you experience the present moment.

Through the making of poetry, we have the opportunity to access levels of awareness discovered for generations through contemplative approaches, such as prayer and meditation. As a group we will explore the writing of poetry as a ‘presence-practice,’ considering how, through our writing, we might discover ways of expanding how we experience the present moment. In this workshop series we will learn to practice writing as a way of increasing our ability to sense the sacredness and magic of everyday life, coming to discover the power of deep-listening, required by all poets, that brings us closer to ourselves and the places we inhabit.

5 fortnightly sessions on Tuesdays, 7 – 9pm, starting 15 May.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

(Image credit: ‘Hans Suter’)

About Matti Spence View Profile

Matti Spence is a poet and performer based in Totnes – his work is focused on the act of listening; on becoming a vessel for receiving and sharing the mysterious beauty of everyday life. Matti is a Spiritual Ecology Fellow of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace and has a strong grounding in Zen Buddhism, which inspires his approach to creativity. Key to his practice is the notion art-as-offering; of the artist/poet being in-service through the acts of composition and performance.

‘This was my first workshop at the Poetry School, but I can already see the difference in my writing – it has opened my eyes to greater possibilities where writing is concerned.’ – Summer 2017 Survey response

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