Trash Poetics

Trash Poetics

Join US poet Elaine Kahn on a journey to transform the discarded into the divine.

In ‘The Wine of the Ragpickers’ Baudelaire conjures a parallel between the ragpicker (le chiffonnier) and the poet as the figures tasked with collecting the scraps of modern existence and, through innovation, transforming the discarded into the divine. In this workshop we will make use of trash language – from the profane to the insane, from found ad-copy to our own failed drafts – as raw material to create a wealth of new work.

Saturday 12 May. One-day workshop, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

This workshop will be in our new offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU.  The venue is 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the Lower Road exit onto Surrey Quays Road, cross over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices are on the left.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

(Image credit: ‘Dario Villanueva’)

About Elaine Kahn View Profile

Elaine Kahn is a writer, musician and artist currently based in Los Angeles. She is the author of Women in Public (City Lights, 2015) as well as several chapbooks including I Told You I Was Sick: A Romance (After Hours Ltd, 2017), A Voluptuous Dream During An Eclipse (Poor Claudia, 2012) and Customer (Ecstatic Peace Library, 2010). Writing has been published in Art PapersOpen SpaceBrooklyn RailWest Branch, The Poetry Foundation, Jubilat, San Francisco Arts Quarterly and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a BFA from California College of the Arts. She is an instructor of creative writing at Poetry Field School.

'My poetry was stuck in a rut of repetitive rhymes and banal phrases. The session really opened me up to possibility and I'm now submitting work to magazines and competitions.'

Summer 2017 Survey Response

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