WRITING POLITICAL POETRY with Ruth Valentine
Outraged at the state of the world? Distraught at the human disasters? Determined to make a difference? 'Poetry makes nothing happen,' said Auden, but we might disagree. The question is how to write politically committed verse without it becoming simple propaganda or doggerel.
We'll look at political poems that work, and some that don't, and think about the differences, in form as well as content. There will be prompts from print- and photo-journalism to help you find a new angle, and a chance to explore the material in various poetic forms. By the end of that day you should have at least one poem in draft, that you can polish and send out to change the world.
Saturday 27th January from 10:30am to 4:30pm
at The Poetry School 81 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6DXPlease note The Poetry School is providing the venue only – booking must be made in advance through Hercules Editions. The fee for the workshop is £65 / £55 concessions.