Reloads & Reprises: Repetition Studio

Reloads & Reprises: Repetition Studio

Repeat, reiterate, rephrase, return, reload, and reprise with Gboyega Odubanjo.

‘We produce something new only on condition that we repeat’ – Gilles Deleuze, Difference & Repetition 

‘Holding someone is truly believing there’s joy in repetition.’ – Prince 

Repetition, when used well, should negate itself. There are too many things happening (or not happening) in the world for anyone to spend their time reading the same thing over and over and so the aim with repetition should be to create something new; each iteration should contribute something unique to the whole. Should a phrase be repeated, only the words should remain the same, nothing else. In Greek mythology we have the story of Sisyphus, in music there are reloads and reprises: repetitions wherein with each drop, fall, and rise we find new meaning – through context, feeling, or the act of repetition itself – to that which has come before and that which will follow.

In this workshop you will experiment with, and explore, ways that you can test the poetic possibilities of repetition in both language and form. We will analyse the role repetition can play as a signifier of meaning and a vehicle for sound. Throughout the course we will engage with examples of repetition in both poetry and music, looking at writers such as Terrance Hayes, Alice Oswald, Kano, and Solange.

Studios are 4 week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students. 

For more information visit our Online Courses page.

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About Gboyega Odubanjo View Profile

Gboyega Odubanjo was born and raised in East London. His first pamphlet, While I Yet Live, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2019. His second pamphlet, Aunty Uncle Poems, will be published by The Poetry Business in 2021. Gboyega is an editor of bath magg. 

‘The Poetry School has helped me to believe in myself. Although I only started writing poetry seriously in my eighties, I have felt warmly included in a community of poets.’

– Autumn 2020 survey response

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