Stanza Body Studio: Pleasures, Pains, and Sensory Poetics

Stanza Body Studio: Pleasures, Pains, and Sensory Poetics

Translate the felt world into poetry and write work of the body

This course is for anyone inhabiting a body, with a desire to translate the felt world into poetry. However you identify the vessel you live in, over three weeks, we will take on poetics as a tool to take on life-or-death politics associated with the body, as well as questioning binaries of gender, mind/body, and issues relating to disablement—from the ground up. From your breath to your meditative state to your everyday actions, we’ll explore how to write what a body feels, and why we feel we must. The class will specifically focus on work by writers, poets, theorists, and filmmakers, including those in the ground-breaking anthology, Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (including co-editors Sandra Alland and Daniel Sluman), as well as exploring Indonesian mythologies, Claudia Rankine, Johanna Hedva, Porochista Khakpour, Sara Ahmed, Mel Y Chen, Frida Kahlo, Petra Kuppers, Alison Kafer, Jose Esteban Muñoz and the anthology Beauty Is A Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. We will move from the translation of our corporeal experiences on the page towards further investigation— paying keen attention to how our interactions are shaped by societal tropes and the push against them. We will embark on exercises bringing the ontological into focus via keen attention to sensory input from our breathing, ever fluidly changing selves, demanding more multivalent articulations of living with or through our variant bodies. We will negotiate pains, pleasures, and de-romanticise abled notions of writing them, showing new ways to explore the relationship of disablement, embodiment, illness and identity. Together, we will translate the sensations, aches, tingles, groans, joys, panics, sensorial spectrums, emotional and mental states, and deeply individual languages of the body into poetic exercises. The end result will be poems that push the realm of bodily poetics both outward and further within.

Poetry Studios are three 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 Khairani Barokka View Profile

Khairani Barokka is a writer, poet and artist based in London. Among her honours, she was an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow and Vermont Studio Center’s first Indonesian writer-in-residence, and is a UNFPA Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change for arts practice and research. She has presented work in ten countries, and is the recipient of six residencies and multiple grants. Okka is creator of works for the stage such as Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee, co-editor of HEAT: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology (Fixi 2016) and Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches 2017), and author-illustrator of Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis 2016). Her work has been published in The Poetry ReviewThe RialtoThe New InquiryAsymptote, and other journals, anthologies and art books. She is a member of the collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and a PhD by practice researcher at Goldsmiths’ Visual Cultures Department.

Although I live in a vibrant area for writing, the North East, I haven’t much time to get out and into the community as I work full time and am a part time carer. Being able to participate in an online course, to take some time for myself, has proved really useful at a very difficult time.

Summer 2017 Online Course Survey Response

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