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Material Matters: Creative Writing Workshop with Simon Pomery13 February 2014

Image: Courtesy Simon Pomery


Thursday 13 February, 18.00 - 21.00
£10 / £8 concessions (Ticket price includes glass of wine)

This workshop will encourage you to engage with Canan’s works as a way to making new poems. In terms of materials – rust, grass, coffee grounds, wood, paint, pigment – can you invent a narrative poem based on a single object? This might seem a little absurd (which is, incidentally, something which might inspire Canan), but take a look at the ‘object poems’ of Zbigniew Herbert and Charles Simic. In terms of space, what do the spaces presented in Canan’s paintings make you think of? See the poem ‘Invisible Dark Matter’ by Frederick Seidel for an example of how simple objects – like a cube of ice – can be transformed into a metaphysical multitude, into star-gazing and the consideration of deep space. And finally, to try and make sense of the process that goes into a work by Canan Tolon, see ‘Why I Am Not a Painter’ by Frank O’Hara, a poem that features a dialogue between a poet and a painter, both for whom material and meaning are slippery things.

Here you can download a selection of poems that will be used as a reference point during the workshop.

This workshop is aimed at adults.

SIMON POMERY is a poet and musician based in London. His poems have been published in places including the Times Literary Supplement, The White Review, Edinburgh Review, P.N. Review, and Poetry London. The Stream (tall-lighthouse, 2010) was published to acclaim by the TLS and the late Seamus Heaney, who wrote “This augurs well for the Pomery life and literature”. A new pamphlet of work, Defence Against a Knife Attack, is due in 2014 from Myrtle Press, whose pamphlet series is inspired by the Ariel Poems published by Faber and Gwyer in the 1930s and will be illustrated with two etchings: frontispiece and cover illustration. The etchings will be hand-pressed, the pamphlets hand-bound, printed on laid paper, in small numbered editions. Simon is the 2013 Poet-in-Residence at MultiMadeira Festival. His ‘Blood Music E.P.’ was released in June 2013 on Diagonal Records, on transparent red vinyl in gold screen-printed PVC sleeve.

Please note: unfortunately due to the installation of this exhibition, this event does not have wheelchair access.