The Poetic Potential of the Body Studio+

The Poetic Potential of the Body Studio+

Investigate the body’s potential as a site for poetic exploration, experimentation, and inspiration.

Whether presenting as object or subject, the body is a site of wonder, mystery, betrayal, possibility, analysis, politics, and more. In this course, we will investigate the poetic potential of the body as a context for exploration.

Reading the works of poets including Lucille Clifton, Walt Whitman, Vievee Francis, Yusef Komunyakaa, Mark Strand, and others, each week will focus on a different theme to which we will write our own poems, discovering and remembering the stories the skin holds or hides within its cage.

Studio+ Courses are a new initiative from the Poetry School and feature a portfolio of preliminary reading, alongside 4 writing assignments, and some additional bonus features such as Zoom sessions, collaborative projects, and inter-disciplinary work. There are no Live Chats on this course.

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 Tolu Agbelusi View Profile

Tolu Agbelusi is the author of Locating Strongwoman (Jacaranda Books 2020). A Nigerian British poet, playwright, educator, and lawyer, she was shortlisted for the 2018 White Review Poetry Prize and her work has been published widely including in Aké Review, White Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Brittle Paper and Peepal Tree’s Filligree Anthology. An avid performer, she has featured on many stages and platforms including Cheltenham Literary Festival, Stanza International Poetry Festival, Lagos International Poetry Festival, the London Southbank and for the BBC. Founder of Home Sessions, a poetry development, and community-building programme for young Black writers, Agbelusi also facilitates a range of live literature, creative writing, and poetry programmes with schools, festivals, arts centres, and other institutions. For more information about her work, visit

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