The Poetry of Rubbish (Exeter)

The Poetry of Rubbish (Exeter)

Rubbish, both as metaphor and material, is a rich and stinking source for poetry

Rubbish, both as metaphor and material, is a rich and stinking source for poetry: ‘what else deflects us from the/ errors of our illusionary ways’ (Garbage, A.R. Ammons). All the pristine stuff of the shopping centre enters a strange and poetically resonant afterlife when dumped: the midden is memory and warning, a place of displacements, where things ‘shine with a late sacramental gleam’ (‘A Garage in Co. Cork’, Derek Mahon). In each session we’ll discuss exemplary poetic responses to waste across a range of verse techniques and philosophical perspectives and develop our own through writing exercises and homework. By the end you should have a small group of gleaming, rubbish poems!

5 fortnightly sessions on Thursdays, 7pm – 9pm, starting 25 January.

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John Wedgwood Clarke is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.  His latest collection of poems Landfill (Valley Press, 2017) explores the ecological and cultural significance of his local landfill site. He has been a Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence with the Marine Biology Department at the University of Hull and often collaborates with scientists and other artists on public art projects. His first collection Ghost Pot (Valley Press, 2013) was described by Bernard O’Donoghue as ‘a masterpiece that rewards continual rereading’.

My poetry was stuck in a rut of repetitive rhymes and banal phrases. The session really opened me up to possibility and Im now submitted work to magazines and competitions.

Summer 2017 Survey Response

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