The Personable Political (International)

The Personable Political (International)

Re-centre your poetics and speak truth to our fractured times

To quote the famous Chinese curse, we live in interesting times. We live and write in times of human rights abuses, mass shootings, increasing air pollution and climate change, and are generally overseen by billionaire autocrats or members of a detached and bumbling elite. And when we write, we are often encouraged not to speak of this, to ensure our poems are not too ranty or too didactic, to ensure our poems are not standing on a soapbox. Surely, living in such times, it’s time for a change? Our aim in this course is to write poetry that reflects our politics and our personal and personable beliefs. Poems that insist on being heard and have something they want to say. In this course the rant will be encouraged – and we will look at a variety of poems from poets such as Karen Solie, John Kinsella, Jen Hadfield, Jameson Fitzpatrick and Danez Smith to help guide our own work. An ideal course for those who feel they have something they want to say.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.

More information about how all our online courses work can be found on the Online 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 for further information.
Image Credit: B C Lorio

About David Tait View Profile

David Tait lives in Nanjing, China, where he works as a teacher. His first collection Self-Portrait with The Happiness (2014) received an Eric Gregory Award and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection and Polari First Book Prizes. A follow-up pamphlet Three Dragon Day (2015) won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and was shortlisted for The Michael Marks Award. His new collection, The AQI, was published in October 2018.

Related Courses