The Berlin Lens

The Berlin Lens

Experiment with economy, pace and collage to explore themes of loneliness, domesticity and the female lived experience with Rachel Long.

We will use Lucia Berlin’s collection of short stories, A Manual for Cleaning Women, as a lens to poets Morgan Parker and Arda Collins. Writing in response to a selection of their poems, we’ll experiment with economy, pace and collage to overlay loneliness with shopping lists, alcoholism with picking up the kids. We’ll use self as character, learn how to let the poem to laugh at itself, in order to achieve a new honesty in our work.

This is a half-day workshop running 14:00 –16:30 on Wednesday July 26th. 

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Rachel Long was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship in 2015. She was the winner of The Poetry School and Soda Pictures poetry competition 2016. Her poems have featured in Magma, The London Magazine, and The Honest Ulsterman. She is Assistant Tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme, and is the leader of Octavia, a poetry collective for women of colour, housed at Southbank Centre.

I have been so lucky to find the Poetry School, from the first time I stepped into the on line community and the wonderful face to face classes – I have grown as a poet. The Poetry School – has made learning accessible, enjoyable, social, challenging and fruitful. It has helped craft poems for my first pamphlet and widened my poetry network and enabled me to work with some the best poets writing today – It makes me wish I had found it sooner – Thank you.

Jessica Mookherjee, author of The Swell (Tell-Tale Press)

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