Poetry that Burns Through the Page (Spring 2023)

Poetry that Burns Through the Page (Spring 2023)

Spark new ideas and develop the tools to transform your poetry into works of art.

* This course will take place on video-conferencing platform ZOOM *

Why write it down? That persistent thought that might be poem, why put it to paper? Why not just say it, or sing it, or shape it into an Instagram caption? What is it about poetry that has us obsessing over line breaks, holding the paper just a bit further away to see how the text flows down?

It’s undeniable: poetry is visual art. Our words are clay, our cursor a paintbrush. In this course, without ever forgetting the music of verse, we’ll play with the visual, tactile aspects of our poems. Drawing inspiration and techniques from mediums such as painting, sculpture, collage, design, and photography, we’ll write together, play games, and workshop. The poems that emerge may sometimes be ekphrastic but will always be, in and of themselves, works of visual art.

The course’s goals are twofold: first, to spark new ideas and develop tools to polish them; and second, to build a focused, joyful, and supportive poetic community. All levels are welcome, from experienced poets who want to find new pathways in their work, to those who are venturing for the first time into poetry. 

5 fortnightly sessions on Wednesdays, 7–9pm (GMT), starts 1 February 2023. 

To apply for a concession rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. More information about how our Video Courses work can be found on the Video Courses page. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected].

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About Rebecca Levi View Profile

Rebecca Levi is a poet, musician, and educator based in Chile. Originally from New York City, she studied comparative literature at Yale University and poetry with Robert Pinsky at Boston University. Her poems and translations have been published in journals such as Columbia Journal and No Tokens Magazine, by Princeton University Press and Broadstone Books, and in The Times Literary Supplement as a winner of the Mick Imlah Poetry Prize. Rebecca composes and performs music that crosses borders, as a soloist and with Colombian and Chilean collaborators. She has been an educator for fifteen years, with a focus in youth orchestra, early childhood music, and creative writing, and her teaching has taken her around the world, from Peru to Venezuela to India. Rebecca teaches in English, Spanish, and Italian. 

‘Poetry School has opened up and welcomed me into a world I never anticipated. It has also encouraged me and made me realise my talents as a poet.’

– Summer 2022 survey response

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