Pushing Formal Boundaries


Date: Saturdays, 3, 10, 17 June 2023
Time: 2PM GMT
Duration: 3 weeks
Class size: 10 max
This class will take place online via Zoom and is open to students from anywhere.

Poetry, as an art form, yields itself easily to experimentation. In a skillful hand, conventional boundaries can be stretched to extreme lengths without botching the compactness of a poem. This class will show you how to move beyond the constraints of rules. Whether writing a sonnet, free verse, or sestina, you will learn how to bend form while maintaining the soul of your poem, its meaning still within the reach of your readers.   

For the duration of the course, you will read poems by writers who are pushing the boundary in their works. Each assigned reading will be carefully studied, their techniques imbibed and deployed in writing exercises. The course is open to writers in all stages, taught by the writer and critic Dami Ajayi, author of the critically-acclaimed poetry collections Clinical Blues and A Woman’s Body Is a Country. 

For this class, you will be required to write some poems, and also give feedback on the work of your peers. And at the end of the course, you will be properly equipped with the tools necessary to effectively push the formal boundaries in poetry.

To apply for this class, click on the JOIN NOW button above. The deadline is 2nd June 2023.

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