Poetry Beyond Semantics: Broken & Unbroken Code – Studio+

Poetry Beyond Semantics: Broken & Unbroken Code – Studio+

Explore the intimacy of poetry on the boundaries of the readerly and discover new possibilities for what poems can be.

From the assumptions that poetry is based on crafting thought into symbols, and reading the deciphering of these, this course takes a step back from the content of a poem to explore the hidden potential of its framework and materials. In this studio+ we’ll look to language before it is deciphered, as it teeters on the edge of disclosure; from calligraphy to abstract art, undeciphered scripts to DNA, we’ll seek out poetic expressions that push the boundaries of traditional literature to ask how non-semantic poetry can hold a mirror to the human condition. 

Throughout this course we’ll take inspiration from literature, art, and archaeology, and experiment with a variety of methods and techniques. We’ll look at enigmas like the Rongorongo scriptures, the Swedish runes of Runamo, and the Codex Seraphinus. We’ll take inspiration from Hermann Rorschach and Justinus Kerner, engage with the work of the Bokujin Group and the COBRA movement, alongside artists like Franz Kline, Lee Krasner, and Judith Reigl, 20th century poets like Helen Smith, Ulfert Wilke, and Isodore Isou, and contemporary poets like Christian Bök and Rosaire Appel. 

This is a practical course that looks at what writing is made of in order to discover what can be made of writing. 

Studio+ Courses are a new initiative from the Poetry School and feature a portfolio of preliminary reading, alongside 3–4 writing assignments, and some additional bonus features such as Zoom sessions, collaborative projects, and inter-disciplinary work. There are no Live Chats on this course.  

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected] For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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About vilde b. torset View Profile

Vilde B. Torset is a Norwegian writer and artist based in London. she has been commissioned by The British Museum, The Royal Norwegian Embassy, and Kristiania University College. Her publications include the poetry artbook Pareidolia – Dotremont’s Daughter (Timglaset, 2020) and the poetry collection swallowing feathers (Sampson Low Ltd., 2019). her next book, Apollinaire – And Other Horses, will be published by If a Leaf Falls Press in 2022. her poetry performances, including both solo works and collaborations, have taken place at a range of national (UK) and international venues, including The British Museum, The National Centre for Writing, The Poetry Society, Jorvik Viking Centre, and London Rich Mix. She is the founder and curator of SCRYPTH. 

'The Poetry School has offered me a chance to learn about poetry in a way I was never offered in my formative school years. It is a new found love for me, so the classes were introduced into my life at just the write time.'

– Autumn 2021 Survey

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