Juliana Spahr and Sean Bonney in Liverpool

09 August 2016, 6.30pm. Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4BB. Join radical poets Juliana Spahr and Sean Bonney, and new British poet Ruby Robinson for an evening of politically-charged poetry readings. Situated in the context of the contemporary avant-garde, Spahr and Bonney’s poetry undermines the political and cultural establishment, giving a fresh voice to the dispossessed. Also interested in dismantling and rebuilding, Robinson’s poetry engages with class issues, exploring the contemporary world in scrupulous detail, and offering up imaginative and emotionally-rich commentary on legacies of trauma. Free, booking required. More here.

UEA Poetry Festival now booking



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Friday 17 April: 18.00 till late (venue tbc.)
Saturday 18 April: 13.00 -23.00 (UEA Drama Studio)

Friday night: entrance free
Saturday: £10 waged, £5 unwaged

For more details, see UEA POETICS PROJECT:

An Army of Lovers

Juliana Spahr, David Buuck, City Lights Publishers.

A picaresque experimental novel, An Army of Lovers is the story of Demented Panda and Koki, two friends trying to be political poets in a time when poetry has lost its ability to effect social change. Their collaboration unleashes a torrent of consumerist excess that morphs into a Gitmo-style torture camp. Our heroes struggle to avoid complicity in the spectacle, yet are unable to overcome it through poetry. Instead it invades their bodies, manifesting itself through blisters and other symptoms, as the poets attempt to move beyond this impasse. Absurdist, fantastic, conceptual, Army is a novel for the Occupy generation.

Experimental Sonnet Writing – Online Course

James Davies will be teaching an online course for The Poetry School

Experimental Sonnet Writing

Tutor: James Davies

Day / Time: Thursdays, fortnightly, 7pm UK Time

Duration: 5 sessions

First Live Chat: 4 October

Price: £76, £67, £60

Level: open to all

The Sonnet has proved to be the most popular form of poetry over the last 500 years or so. The twentieth and twenty-first century has seen the form reinvented time and time again in staggering ways which suggests there are no end to the possibilities it has to offer. On this course we will explore the form’s malleability and range. By reading a small amount of the key sonnets of modern and contemporary times, whilst considering the sonnet’s heritage, you will write your own 14 liners. Tasks will be based around sonnets written in the last hundred years or so (with a particular focus on the last fifty years).By the end of the course you will be inventing your own methods and processes and adding to this rich tradition. Students should have 5-10 of their own poems ready to work on which they are prepared to treat and manipulate; these need not be sonnets nor in any way complete.

We will be thinking about poets including: e.e. cummings, John Berryman, Man Ray, Matthew Welton, Ted Berrigan, Derek Henderson, Philip Terry, Jen Bervin, Tim Atkins, Tony Lopez, Juliana Spahr, Sarah Riggs

See www.poetryschool.com for more