Unpacking the Six Pack: Writing Masculinity, Sport & Body Image

Unpacking the Six Pack: Writing Masculinity, Sport & Body Image

Bro, do you even lyric? Debunk received ideas on masculinity and get your poems buff.

“Beauty that does not disguise the wound, but reads through to the lack it marks” says Mark Doty in his poem ‘Ars Poetica: 14th Street Gym’. Here we find the tendon at the centre of this half-day workshop: how we as poets describe the body through the lens of sport and masculinity. We will explore how poets construct or deconstruct, describe or disguise, cut apart or heal the body in poetry. This is a course for anyone interested in getting to the heart – both literal and figurative – of bodily representation, gender identities, and the wealth of sporting tropes in their poems. We will look at how to build a body of work and explore the corpora of contemporary poets unpacking the six pack, including, amongst others, Danielle DeTiberus, Michael Symmons Roberts, and Helen Mort.

Wednesday 17th July, 2pm–4.30pm.

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

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

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About Lewis Buxton View Profile

Lewis Buxton is a poet, performer and arts producer. In 2018-19 his pamphlet Weight won the Poetry School & Nine Arches Press Primers scheme. Lewis was the recipient of the 2018 UEA Literacy Festival Bursary for Creative Writing. His work has been published in Magma, Ambit & Oxford Poetry. He is director of TOAST, a live poetry event and workshops project designed to support poets in the U.K. He has performed in theatres and at literary festivals across the country. He teaches creative writing in schools and libraries for organisations like The Poetry Society & The National Centre for Writing. He is a First Story writer-in-residence and currently lives in Norwich.

‘It has made me much more ambitious in terms of what I write, and it has made me feel part of a community, which is very important to me.’

– Spring 2019 survey response

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