The Poetic-Critical (International)

The Poetic-Critical (International)

Writing the poem-essay, and other forms of lyric commentary

The idea of the creative-critical text is increasingly popular, from its deployment in creative writing courses to the wider popularity of books like Maggie Nelson’s Bluets and The Argonauts, but there is seldom a hard-and-fast definition or agreement on belongs to this genre. This is, in one way, a strength, because it is up to us as writers to define it, but we may also suffer from a lack of clear directions and models. This course looks at writing that can be understood both as poetic (because of the way it foregrounds form and artifice) and as critical (because it aims to make an enquiry into theoretical or philosophical issues). From the side of critique, this includes the work of writers we usually read as critics, such as Roland Barthes and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and those often read as poets, like Bhanu Kapil and Fred Wah, as well as those whose work is already understood to belong to both genres, like Anne Carson and Fred Moten. Students experiment with a variety of critical forms – the fragment, the aphorism, the poem-essay, and other forms of commentary – to develop a hybrid creative-critical style of their own.

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

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About Callie Gardner View Profile

Callie Gardner is a poet, critic, and tutor based in Glasgow. They are the author of Poetry & Barthes (Liverpool University Press, 2018) and naturally it is not. (The 87 Press, 2018). Callie is also a editor of Zarf poetry magazine and its associated pamphlet press, Zarf Editions.

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