Dive into dark alleyways, discovering poetry and prose that has been inspired by some of the greatest cities in the world
‘You said “I’ll go to another country, go to another shore, find another city better than this one.”‘ – CP Cavafy
What is it that drives people to the city? Do we get lost or are we reborn? What lures us to particular cities? A sense of history? Or its limitless opportunities for companionship? On this online course we will be ‘hitting the streets’ (as Queneau might have it), diving into dark alleyways, discovering and delighting poetry and prose that has been inspired by some of the greatest cities in the world. Over fortnightly sessions we will write our own poems and narratives in response to the cities we have known, and the cities we haven’t, as well as considering The Global City – the ur-city, that almost ineffable Shangri-la that somehow simultaneously exists in all cities at once. Featuring work from all around the world by, amongst others, Tomas Transtromer, Ocean Vuong, Charles Simic, Italo Calvino, Toni Morrison and Charles Dickens. It promises to be both the best of courses and the worst of courses…
5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.
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David Tait’s first collection Self-Portrait with The Happiness received an Eric Gregory Award and was shortlisted for The Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His latest pamphlet, Three Dragon Day won The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award. A new collection, The AQI, is forthcoming this year.
‘I live in a remote area of Wales, so the opportunity to share work online with other students and tutors has been a tremendous boost. Giving and getting feedback happens with a few clicks and at a reasonable cost. To get a similar experience face to face I would have to travel for many hours at great cost in time and money. I have enrolled for my next online course the day the last one ended!’