from BARDO

The stars are in our belly; the Milky Way our umbilicus.

Is it a consolation that the stuff of which we’re made

is star-stuff too?

– That wherever you go you can never fully disappear –

dispersal only: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen.

Tree, rain, coal, glow-worm, horse, gnat, rock.

Roselle Angwin

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Staying Alive

Staying Alive is the name of the first in Bloodaxe's trilogy of inspiring poetry anthologies. I use it as the only set text in my poetry correspondence course; and this autumn and winter I'm delighted to be tutoring for The Poetry School and using this book as the heart of the course. Here's the programme blurb:

'How might a poem give us a high voltage jolt to the heart, allow us to see the world in different ways? What makes some poems fly, and others not achieve lift-off? Through close reading, discussion, writing and feedback we’ll explore these questions. Weeks will alternate between investigating a poem in some depth and then using it as a springboard into writing, and feedback on our own work. These two terms will be stimulating for both novices and experienced poets. The Bloodaxe anthology Staying Alive will be our inspiration; so you’ll need to bring it to each session.'

The sessions will be ten a term, beginning in October and then January, on a Monday evening in central Exeter. If you'd like to come along I'd love to see you.

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