This year's series of Poetry on the Move poetry workshops will be run completely online in a 'slow' workshop mode. Facilitated by poets Owen Bullock, Subhash Jaireth, Melinda Smith and Lucy Alexander, each workshop is scheduled to run over the course of a week. The workshops will be free of charge, though limited to 20 participants each. Details of how to register and participate to follow.
Translation: The Songs of Mirabai
In this workshop poets/translators will work on the translation of two poems/songs by a mystic Rajasthani poet Mirabai (1498-1556). Mirabai was a poet, singer and dancer and a devotee of Hindu god Krishna. She is revered as one of the prominent voices of the Bhakti Movement: a movement of religious reformation which valued personal engagement with deities more than the traditional ritualistic practices.
Each poet/translator will have access to three documents: the original poem in Rajasthani; a line-by-line English paraphrase; and an audio recording of the songs in Rajasthani. In his brief introduction Subhash Jaireth will provide, biographical, historical and cultural contexts with which the poems were written.
The Luminous Familiar:
Poetry Transforming the Everyday
What is ‘everyday’ and ‘ordinary’ in our own lives, may not be to readers. By examining how poets, working in different forms and from diverse cultural backgrounds, take an arcane moment or object and transform it through their lens, this workshop aims to show how to bring luminous insight into our own ‘boring’ moments. Participants will generate original work based upon the techniques studied through this workshop.
Finding Poems in the Archive
Join Melinda Smith to explore the world of the archive and its potential for poetry. We'll think about issues of power and narrative control as we explore techniques for working with archival text including making found poems, erasures, and text manipulations. Feel free to bring your own archival raw materials.