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Poetry Bootcamp for Emotional Delinquents

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Poetry Bootcamp for Emotional Delinquents

For Hera Lindsay Bird, the central question/task of poetry is how to make something that feels alive on the page. How do we get to the heart of what we are trying to say, without being overly didactic or too oblique? How do we to approach what we are unable to approach, when we are stuck and overwhelmed, staring at a blank page? Good poetry should guide itself, not be dragged kicking and screaming towards a predestined conclusion. Good poetry allows the poem permission to steer itself. But how, practically, can we achieve this? And how can we take linguistic and formal risks while staying emotionally honest. In other words, how can we have our imagist cake and eat it too? This workshop is a practical guide to generating new ideas & experimenting with text, but it’s also about how we integrate emotional honesty into our writing practice, and how we can adapt formal exercises to bring us closer to the heart of what we are trying to say.

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Hera Lindsay Bird is a poet and bookseller from Wellington whose 2016 self-titled collection of poetry Hera Lindsay Bird became an instant bestseller when her poems Keats is Dead So Fuck Me From Behind and Monica after Monica Geller from Friends went viral. Her book won the Jessie McKay Prize for the best first book of poetry at the national book awards, and the 2017 Sarah Broom Prize, judged by Carol Ann Duffy. Her work is playful and daring, combining sex, love and pop culture in a unique and polarizing voice. Her book is being republished by Penguin UK in November 2017.


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