Tate Modern Course

Poetry from Art: Shaping Poems Image-making led by award-winning poet Pascale Petit

Do Ho Suh, ‘Staircase-III’ 2010
Do Ho Suh, Staircase-III 2010. Tate. © Do Ho Suh, courtesy Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

What makes a poem memorable? Explore the power of imagery in poetry in this five-week course. Working in the galleries, you will write poetry in response to art through creative writing exercises designed to generate new poems. The special emphasis of this term is how to shape poems and make images with words.

We will spend at least one week in the Damien Hirst exhibition and every week work directly with art, either in the temporary exhibitions or permanent displays. Contemporary poems will be used as models to inspire your writing and we will devote one session to group feedback of poems in progress, paying particular attention to imagery.

Pascale Petit’s fifth poetry collection is What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo. She has had three books shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. A Next Generation poet, she has been Poetry Editor of Poetry London and was a founding tutor of The Poetry School.

This course is suitable for writers with some experience of poetry workshops.

Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
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Every Monday at 18.45–20.15 and 18.45–20.15 and 18.45–20.15 and 18.45–20.15 and 18.45–20.15

11 June – 9 July 2012

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