To coincide with a forthcoming exhibition* of poetic portraits at the Poetry Society's Covent Garden cafe, we are delighted to welcome Greg Delanty to the Poetry School's programme with a workshop to improve the originality of your creative thinking. First hour: Imagery and the Senses
Artists physicalize the abstract. A regular question people ask is 'how are your spirits?' and people answer without thinking that they feel good or bad or not too bad. But where are their spirits? Has anybody seen, felt, heard, touched, smelled a spirit? We will talk about how the poet physicalizes abstract notions such as the spirit, love, happiness, and sadness via language. Second Hour: Making it New (or Renewing) and Leaving a Gap
The title of these workshops is Releasing Two Birds (or More) from the One Cage. We as writers show the world in a new way, breaking from cliché. This is not as easy as it may seem. This workshop will examine the devices and ways, such as metaphor and simile, of making it new, of showing the world in a new way. This is probably the most fundamental attribute of an artist. We will also talk about leaving space in the poem, of how what we leave out is as important as what we include.Third Hour: Sound
We will work on how the sound of words can work with the literal meaning of a poem. How everything in a poem must be working in sync.Fourth and Fifth Hours: Form
Another aspect of working in sync with the literal meaning of the poem is the form. We will examine a traditional form poem, an open form poem, and a mixture of both and see how each is integral to the literal meaning of that poem.
If we accomplish all this, we will have released at least five birds from the one cage.*Likenesses: the exhibition
From 19 November to 22 December, the Poetry Café
hosts the exhibition, Likenesses – intimate portraits of celebrated poets and writers by acclaimed photographer Judith Aronson, including vivid, insightful portraits of Robert Lowell, Geoffrey Hill, Seamus Heaney, Greg Delanty himself and many others at their most relaxed and informal. Look out for a short talk by Judith Aronson followed by a reading from Greg Delanty at the Poetry Café, London, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday 22 November. Arrive from 6pm.