Write Now: Poetry in 2020

Write Now: Poetry in 2020

Take inspiration from poets writing right now

“This is how I choose to be in the world, even when it’s a kind of a dystopic moment. I feel my response to that is still to write poems”
Terrance Hayes

This course takes as its starting point poems published in very recent times and into the start of the new decade. Themes explored might include climate, migration, politics, plastic, community, animals and technology, as well as other topics. We will think about the place of poetry in the wider conversation about our rapidly changing world, considering the kinds of forms a response might require of us as writers. Example poems will be drawn from a diverse range of authors and styles, including some works in translation. For the writing assignments, you are invited to probe the status quo, asking rather than answering questions; to nuance current issues; and perhaps to take the long view of history as well as gaze towards the future. Participants are encouraged to be playful, to experiment with a variety of ways into writing, to follow their own particular interests, and to enjoy having fun with words.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. Live chats on Mondays, 7-9pm GMT, first live chat starting 10 Feb 2020.

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About Phoebe Power View Profile

Phoebe Power’s debut poetry collection, Shrines of Upper Austria (Carcanet, 2018) was awarded the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. She has collaborated with other artists on projects including a live performance of her pamphlet Harp Duet (Eyewear, 2016), and Christl, a video installation involving poetry, visual art and sound. Phoebe received a Northern Writers’ Award in 2014 and an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012.

‘I had no idea that my first Poetry School course 8 years ago would be the start of a lifelong journey for me—one that now includes an MA, a competition win, various long-listings, and publication. I keep coming back to PS because of the range of inspiring tutors & courses and because of the lovely sense of community.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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