Defy preciousness, mine rubbish, and dice with magic with Sophie Herxheimer.
On this course we will backflip between media. Bring broken books, half remembered recipes, rummaged pencils, and sharp, sharp ears. We will explore the surprise yards of sparkling metre that can be made from sounds, stories, snippets. And if some poems ask to become something else – collages, cabbages, cobblers… (Is there, as I have been told, a circle of hell just for alliterators?), then so be it.
We’ll ask how do we create equivalents between text and image, or help different art forms translate and bargain between each other, for effect or articulacy? We will find new sources of material, led by each other and by the material itself.
Over the 10 weeks we will challenge rigidities of taste in English poetry, and invest in our own relationships with the white space of the page – from the multi-textured, many voiced kitchens in which we dwell.
In our assignments we’ll take inspiration from a number of artists who create across visual art and text, some of whom you will invent or discover for yourselves. We will generate poems and artwork, using found text, news stories, archives, folk tale, borrowed voices, and other live collaborations. We will try, with experiments and constraints, to find what best serves the poem, and encourage it to create itself.
5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.
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About Sophie Herxheimer View Profile
Sophie Herxheimer is an artist and poet. Her work has been shown at her local allotments, Tate Modern, and on a giant mural along the sea-front at Margate. She’s held many residencies in the UK and internationally. Projects include a hand printed 300-metre tablecloth for the Thames Festival, a life-size concrete poem in the shape of Mrs Beeton to stand next to her grave, and a pie on the lawn of an old people’s home big enough for seven drama students to jump out of, singing. She has illustrated six fairy tale and mythology collections, most recently The Mighty Goddess, due out in March 2023. Her collection Velkom to Inklandt (Short Books, 2017) was Poetry Book of the Month in the Observer, and a Sunday Times Book of the Year. Her book 60 Lovers to Make and Do, (Henningham Family Press, 2019) was a TLS Book of the Year. Her artists’ books are in The Bodleian Library and many public collections. She has an ongoing project where she listens and draws stories live with members of the public. Her latest collection is INDEX (zimZalla, 2021), a box of 78 collage poems, made from found text, published in a box as a deck of prophetic cards.
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