Thinking Studio

Thinking Studio

Explore how it feels to think – to hope, to notice, to change – and in so doing paint a vivid and familiar picture of how it feels to be human.

‘‘No ideas but in things,’ with the caveat that, for me, ideas are also things’, writes John Ashbery, complicating William Carlos Williams’ imagist dictum. The cliché of poetry is that it’s about raw emotion first, all moonstruck loners hopelessly baring their souls to the roses in the rose garden. But this idea ignores the rich tradition of poetry – from Shakespeare and Donne, to T S Eliot and Jorie Graham – which puts thought and ideas at the centre of its world. Doesn’t emotion grow out of ideas, and ideas out of emotion? On this course, we’ll explore thinking in poetry, and find ways of using it for (and against) what we’ve traditionally expected poetry to do. Because poetry is rhythmic and lives in time, it is much better than most art forms at representing thinking, as opposed to the finished thought of a sculpture or painting. We’ll also look at contemporary poetry by writers such as Vahni Capildeo, Denise Riley and Kei Miller that explores how it feels to think – to hope, to notice, to change – and in so doing paints a vivid and familiar picture of how it feels to be human.

Poetry Studios are three week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students. 

For more information visit our Online Courses page.

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Joey Connolly grew up in Sheffield and studied in Manchester. Now he lives in London, where he is the manager of the Poetry Book Fair. His poetry and criticism have appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Sunday Times and Best British Poetry 2014 (Salt), as well as on BBC Radio 4. His first collection, Long Pass, is published from Carcanet.

Well Done to all the staff at the Poetry School - it's a fabulous community which is run really well. For someone like me who writes far away in a vacuum it's really been a lifeline. I love the visuals too! Thank you.

Via online survey, Spring 2016

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