Poetry Party Studio+ (Spring 2023)

Poetry Party Studio+ (Spring 2023)

Join Gboyega and Cai for this course exploring and expanding your minds through poetry that parties.

Many of us will be familiar with the idea of play in poetry. The tutors are interested in Dutch cultural theorist Huizinga’s definition of play:

  1. Play is freedom   
  2. Play is distinct to “real life”  
  3. Play creates order  
  4. Play is not connected with material interest  

There are many other definitions, all of which are relevant and valuable. With these definitions in mind, the tutors invite participants to respond to the question, if a poem can play, what would it mean for a poem to party? 

Through a mixture of readings of existing contemporary and other poetry, as well as writing assignments and the opportunity to respond to each other’s work, participants will explore the idea of party in poetry. We will look at poems that party with form, from Patricia Smith’s ‘Hip Hop Ghazal’ to Eugene Ostashevsky’s The Feeling Sonnets (NYRB, 2022), as well as the free-form, multidisciplinary work of Tommy Pico and Don Mee Choi. We will look at poets that party with the lyric self, including Morgan Parker and Michael Robbins. We will explore the sound-partying poetry of Sarah Cave, Jay Bernard and Barney Ashton Bullock, and those who party with meaning, from Gertrude Stein to Daniil Kharms.    

Inevitably, some of the poems we will read and write are ‘about’ partying – we’re thinking particularly of the don of party poetry, Chelsey Minnis – but most aren’t. Our curiosity is more about where playing in poetry becomes partying; what the difference is; how we – if we want to – might arrive at a new definition of ‘party’ in relation to poetry; and most importantly how we, as poets, can engage with the central question to create work and respond to each other in exciting new ways.

Studio+ Courses are an expanded version of our Studios and feature a portfolio of preliminary reading, alongside 4 writing assignments, and some additional bonus features bespoke to each course, such as Zoom sessions, collaborative projects, and inter-disciplinary work. There are no Live Chats on this course. Suitable for UK & International students.

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. 

Image credit: Meagan Carsience

About Gboyega Odubanjo & Cai Draper View Profile

Gboyega Odubanjo was born and raised in east London. He is the author of two poetry pamphlets, While I Yet Live and Aunty Uncle Poems, and in 2021 was a recipient of the Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. Odubanjo is an editor of the online poetry magazine bath magg and a co-editor of Magma 82: Obsidian, which was published in Spring 2022. He is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Hertfordshire. 

Cai Draper is a poet from South London living in Norwich, whose recent work appears in AmberFlora, PERVERSE, and Anthropocene. His first title SPRUNG was published in January 2022 with Broken Sleep Books, with others forthcoming from OrangeApple and Bad Betty Press in 2022. He hosts poetry events and organises free workshops at the Book Hive. www.caidraper.com

'Focussed and high-level quality of assignments; great range and expertise in field and very good level of support from tutor as well as an inspiring cohort.'

- Spring 2022 survey response

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