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Poetry School: A Quest for Innocence in a Troubled World with Carmen Bugan
Sat 13 Jul 2024 to Sat 13 Jul 2024
Honing hope; awakening a poetics of wonder in a worrisome world. This workshop brings to the poetic table three things: the inspiration to go on a quest; rediscovering a sense of innocence in language; and the overwhelming realities of today’s troubled world.

So, what does the poet have to say to the child, the adolescent, the newlyweds, the new parents, the people who just bought their first house and had their first baby?

We will talk about the ways in which time and experience strip the freshness and innocence from language and how the work of poets and storytellers reimagine language as a place of new beginnings. How do we re-discover language? Is childhood an innocent place? Is linguistic innocence desirable for a poet in the context of so much societal conflict?

We will take inspiration from several poems including Tagore’s ‘On the Seashore’, Milosz’s ‘The World’, Greenlaw’s ‘The Innocence of Radium’, and Pope’s ‘Ode to Solitude’.

Carmen Bugan is the author of nine books including poetry, memoir, and criticism. Her most recent collection of poems is Time Being (Shearsman, 2022), and her most recent collection of essays is Poetry and the Language of Oppression: Essays on Politics and Poetics (OUP, 2021). Her new and selected poems, Lilies from America (Shearsman, 2019), was a PBS Special Commendation. Her memoir, Burying the Typewriter (Picador, 2012), won the Breadloaf Nonfiction Prize, was shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Orwell Prize for Political Writing, and was BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Bugan is an Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at New York University in Abu Dhabi.

Date: 13 July 2024, 10.30am – 4.30pm (BST)
Location: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Cost: £91

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