Starts 25th January

Poetry School Workshops
The Poetry of Rubbish
Tutor: John Clarke


The Poetry of Rubbish with tutor John Clarke

5 weekly sessions on Thursdays, 7pm – 9pm, starting 25 January.

Rubbish, both as metaphor and material, is a rich and stinking source for poetry: ‘what else deflects us from the/ errors of our illusionary ways’ (Garbage, A.R. Ammons). All the pristine stuff of the shopping centre enters a strange and poetically resonant afterlife when dumped: the midden is memory and warning, a place of displacements, where things ‘shine with a late sacramental gleam’ (‘A Garage in Co. Cork’, Derek Mahon). In each session we’ll discuss exemplary poetic responses to waste across a range of verse techniques and philosophical perspectives and develop our own through writing exercises and homework. By the end you should have a small group of gleaming, rubbish poems!

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