IAS Fellow's Seminar - Making Light: How a Poet Works
Boswell: Then, sir, what is poetry?
Like the germination of a seed, making a poem is an act that takes place in the dark. Leaves and language reach for the space to open into that light makes possible.
Growing from poems written after visits to some of the world’s Botanic Gardens (Padua, Oxford, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Kew – and now Durham), Linda France’s new collection-in-progress is a hortus inconclusus.
Using the example of a single poem, this seminar will investigate how we inhabit poetry – reading and writing it. What marks the boundaries? Where might design and detail, form and content coincide?
Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.
Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.
The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.
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