explore contemporary innovations in european poetry in steven fowler’s company and discover how their remarkable explorations in the written word often compliment, rather than antagonise, more formal writing practice.
over 5 sessions, 5 great poetic movements will be used as references to springboard you into new writing techniques, stressing the possibility amidst the history. covering oulipo, austrian modernism, concrete poetry, cobra and the british poetry revival, this course - with the energy, dynamism and invention of the movements it explores - will enrich anyone’s poetry horizons. steven will organise a post-course reading for students on this course.
week one: january tuesday 28th – oulipo
georges perec, jacques roubeau, raymond queneau up to frederic forte and british oulippeans like philip terry. the constraints that emancipate.
week two: february tuesday 11th – austrian postwar modernism
thomas bernhard, peter handke, elfriede jelinek. how to deal with the legacy of fascism.
week three: february tuesday 25th - concrete poetry
hansjörg mayer, bob cobbing, the vienna group, oyvind fahlstrom, marton koppany up to anatol knotek. the visuality of the poem as its meaning.
week four: tuesday march 11th - cobra
asger jorn, christian dotremont, pierre alechinsky. dutch, danish, belgian & beyond, poetry as art revolt & primitivism.
week five: march tuesday 25th - british poetry revival
tom raworth, bill griffiths, maggie o’sullivan & many many more. those every british poet should know, our immense late 20th century vanguard heritage.