The Body Electric Masterclass

The Body Electric Masterclass

What are the ways the body prepares us for what lies beyond the physical?

In Audre Lorde’s seminal essay ‘Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power’, she argues that the West vilified and marginalised the erotic in ways that rob it of its intense metaphysical power. In the same way, the body’s literal and littoral energy is reduced by our instinct to subdue its presence, to cut away from its realness whenever we can both in life and in art. The body is at once mechanical and spiritual, solid and liquid, symbolic of strength and fragility. That it embodies our contradictions makes it a powerful vehicle for us to consider some essential juxtapositions, beginning with life and death. What are the ways the body prepares us for what lies beyond the physical? 

In this online course, we will explore the poems of poets who struggle with this and other problems created by our flesh and blood. From Walt Whitman to Grace Nichols, from Theodore Roethke to Rita Dove, we will search for the ways our inherent weaknesses remind us that the moment will come where every body must fail. 

Masterclasses are an expanded version of our International Courses, with a much deeper consideration of technical craft and critical theory. These 12-week courses (maximum 10 places) are for advanced students only, and fluency with poetic language and ideas will be assumed. There are no live chats and they are suitable for UK and International students.  

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]. For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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Richard Georges is a writer of essays, fiction, and three collections of poetry. He is a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study and Virgin Islands Poet Laureate. He has been previously shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and his most recent work, Epiphaneia (OutSpoken), won the 2020 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Richard works in higher education and lives on Tortola with his wife and children. 

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