‘The Gaps Between the Stories’: White Space, Redaction, & Erasure

‘The Gaps Between the Stories’: White Space, Redaction, & Erasure

Explore visual techniques and play with omissions, erasure, and negative space to expand your poetic practice.

In this practical session, we will turn our focus away from linguistic techniques and instead look at harnessing non-verbal tools – including erasure, redaction, and negative space – to create visual significance in your poetry. Explore ways of incorporating other texts within your work’s omissions, and learn how a blank space, or obscured word, can contain multitudes of sources, meanings, and layers.

We will look at a number of contemporary poets, such as Raymond Antrobus and Deryn Rees-Jones, who use redaction as a way of subverting conventional poetic layout, and explore methods for mining found texts, taking inspiration from works such as Tom Phillips’s A Humument and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes to see how printmaking, visual arts, and bookmaking techniques can feed into, and expand, this area of your creative practice.

This course will also feature a digital sharing space, in the form of a CAMPUS group, where students can post the visual work they produce from this course to continue the group conversations about their work, after the 1-off face-to-face session has finished.

Saturday 13 June, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

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.

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey). Please contact [email protected] for further information.
Image Credit: David Pennington

About Tamar Yoseloff View Profile

Tamar Yoseloff’s sixth collection, The Black Place, was published by Seren in 2019. She’s also the author of Formerly, a chapbook incorporating photographs by Vici MacDonald (Hercules Editions, 2012) shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award; two collaborative editions with artist Linda Karshan; and a book with artist Charlotte Harker. She’s a freelance tutor in creative writing, and runs poetry courses for galleries including the Hayward, the RA, and the National Gallery. She’s currently a lecturer on the Poetry School / Newcastle University MA in Writing Poetry.

'Really excellently prepared and delivered course. Tamar Yoseloff is an exceptional tutor.'

– Summer 2019 survey response

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