Poetry as Alchemy

Poetry as Alchemy

Pen your Magnum Opus as you transmute the lead of the everyday into poetic gold.

In this class we will think about how poetry can perform types of alchemy from the raw materials of everyday life. We will look at poems by Ariana Reines, Eileen Myles, Judy Grahn, Precious Okoyomon, James Schuyler, Adrienne Rich, Bhanu Kapil, Frank O’Hara, and more, and think about the ways in which the raw materials of poetry are transformed through a variety of techniques to become more than a sum of their parts. We will pay particular attention to the role of form, imagery, address, and code-switching in generating a strength of feeling and a clarity of expression that exceeds the poem’s discrete components. Alongside these discussions, we will also write together using prompts designed to facilitate dynamic, alchemical, and magical new compositions.

Friday 19th July, 2–4.30pm.

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

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

About Sophie Robinson View Profile

Sophie Robinson is a poet based in Norwich, UK, where she teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her new book Rabbit was a winter 2018 Poetry Society Recommendation, was named one of the best poetry books of 2018 in The Times, and is out now with Boiler House Press.

‘The Poetry School has transformed me from feeling like someone skirting the suburbs of poetry to being someone living right in its vibrant metropolis.’

– Spring 2019 survey response

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