Poetry Dinner Party: The Old and the New Studio+

Poetry Dinner Party: The Old and the New Studio+

Bring voices from literary history into conversation with present-day poetics to expand your own writing.

‘It’s the language reaching out to you: we’ve got this, we’ve done this, we were there before, we can help.’ – Glyn Maxwell, Drinks with Dead Poets (2016)

What happens when we put poems in conversation across the decades? What might Gerard Manley Hopkins and Vahni Capildeo say to one another over supper? What does a chat between Marianne Moore and Isabel Galleymore look like, Andrew Marvell and Seán Hewitt, Arthur Rimbaud and Nina Mingya Powles? This intensive Studio+ course imagines inviting contemporary poets to break bread with their counterparts from previous centuries. What do they have in common, and where do they differ – in theme, outlook, form or style?

By close reading of eight pairs of poems, we will take inspiration from both the treasured writing of past eras, and exciting publications of recent years, in order to produce our own new work. A series of structured exercises will guide our own responses to themes as relevant throughout history as they are today, such as fashion, colour, food and animals; belief, politics and family.

This course is an invitation to (re)-encounter voices from recent literary history, to take a longer view on present-day poetic trends, and to expand the field of possible ways into writing. Join us to discover poets and poems, produce a new sequence of work and exchange feedback in a supportive environment.

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, but there will be 2 video conference sessions in the first and last weeks.

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About Phoebe Power View Profile

Phoebe Power’s debut poetry collection, Shrines of Upper Austria (Carcanet, 2018) was awarded the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. She has collaborated with other artists on projects including a live performance of her pamphlet Harp Duet (Eyewear, 2016), and Christl, a video installation involving poetry, visual art and sound. Phoebe received a Northern Writers’ Award in 2014 and an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012.

‘The Poetry School programmes such thoughtful and unusual courses and enables poets to feel validated, to become more curious, more skilled, more engaged in poetry and the world.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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