The Lyric AI: Poetry & Code

The Lyric AI: Poetry & Code

Hack into old habits and discover new languages and realities in this 101 on writing poetry online.

* This course will take place on video-conferencing platform ZOOM *

Is poetry the ‘command-line prompt for the human imagination’ (Xeni Jardin)? Is a poem ‘a little machine for remembering itself’ (Don Paterson)? During this introductory course, we will learn about the languages that have long-suffused the world around us, from programmable Jacquard machines invented the 1800s to modern day languages such as Python and C# that underpin cutting-edge artificial intelligence. How can software created using these languages help us to break old habits and open the door to a new lexicon and poems that speak in exciting and previously unexplored registers and realities?

We will look at the work of, among others, Allison Parrish, Ken Hunt, Jason Nelson, and bpNichol as well as ‘code poems’ created by graduates of the New York School of Poetic Computation. We will consider how these poets have navigated the question of whether a poem ought to be compiled by a machine or read by a human being.

The course will take place over 2 weekends, combining reading and writing exercises, along with tips to help us to present our work online. In the fortnight between workshops, you’ll have a chance to explore possibilities for your own code poems and return for our second session to share your early creations. At the end of the course, we will share some of our experiments online via an online poetry showcase.

Saturdays & Sundays 9, 10, 23 & 24 October, from 10.30am–1pm.

To apply for a concession 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]

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About Harry Man View Profile

Harry Man grew up in South London and lives in North Yorkshire. He won the UNESCO Bridges of Struga Award and he has been a Clarissa Luard Award Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence, a TOAST Poetry Fellow, and a Hawthornden Fellow, as well as being nominated for a Foundation Arts Fellowship (2019). He was a winner of Poem of the North and has been artist in residence at the Middlesbrough Insitute of Modern Art. His work with the artist Sophie Gainsley was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. He has also been shortlisted for the Cardiff International Poetry Prize, the Resurgence Prize, and twice for two separate Sabotage Awards including Best Collaborative Work and Best Pamphlet. His poetry has been translated into eleven languages including German, Slovak, Chinese, Swedish, Macedonian, French, Turkish, Dutch and Norwegian. His most recent pamphlet, written in collaboration with the Norwegian poet Endre Ruset is Thereafter and is published by Hercules Editions.

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- Spring 2021 survey response

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