Investigate the structural elements of 40 lines or more
This course will focus on the construction of long poems and poem sequences, as well as questioning the distinctions between poetry and prose, narrative and verse. We will be close-reading one long poem or poem sequence, sent in advance of the class, each week – including work by Denise Riley, Frank O’Hara, Claudia Rankine, Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Rebecca Tamás, Sophie Collins, Nisha Ramayya, and W. S. Graham – and beginning with a group discussion of the text. Through writing exercises, we will respond to various prompts and tasks that focus around a different aspect of long poems and sequences each week: from ordering to epigraphs, every aspect of your work will be considered.
5 fortnightly sessions on Thursdays 6.45pm – 8.45pm. 2 May, 16 May, 30 May, 13 June, 27 June.
All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.
More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.
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Helen Charman’s first pamphlet, Support, support, is out now from Offord Road Books, and her poems can be found in Carcanet’s New Poetries VII. She was shortlisted for the inaugural White Review Poet’s Prize, and longlisted for the Ivan Juritz Prize in 2017. She is writing a PhD thesis on maternity, sacrifice and economics, and she teaches undergraduates at the University of Cambridge and primary-school children in Hackney. Her critical writing can be found in The White Review, the Cambridge Humanities Review, Another Gaze, King’s Review, The Baffler and the LRB Blog.
‘I’ve become a regular student of Poetry School. The regular assignment help me to maintain a regular writing habit and I have had made some really valuable connections via the courses I’ve done.’