Poetry courses, need tutors who know their subject, but are playful and fun which enables ever optimistic students to light sparks of creativity.
This is Tim.
I met Tim Dooley (‘Imagined Rooms’ and other books of poetry) at a poetry event in the summer. I liked his approach and this course is about developing a personal style.
I ‘ve been up to the poetry School jn Lambeth for eight weeks now! A bit of marathon from Brighton in bad weather. Bus to station, train to London, bus, another bus, then scrunch my way through fallen leaves in the park and with luck arrive in time. One has to ‘suffer for one’s art’ as they say!
Tim brings poems that make useful points regarding style, fits in ‘one to one’ tutorials, arranges group work, has us all writing in class every week and sets homework. I’ve got piles of notes and several drafts of new poems.
This week is the penultimate class, we are to bring a diary of our daily lives for the last seven days as inspiration for new poems. We share in pairs and help each other settle on a new poem idea.
It’s my turn along with three other students to take a poem to be work-shopped by the group. I want to take ‘Minding Grandpa’ but it’s already been tweaked by ‘the ‘great and the good’. The poem may have been improved, but now I feel it’s lost it’s soul!
Luckily everyone here is really constructive and suggest just a few minor improvements. We look at the work of two of the other poets in the group, all so different in style and content. It’s strange but I feel I know the people in this group through their poetry in quite an intimate way.
Leave dead on time, run through the leaves, catch the bus, change at Lambeth Palace, catch the train, the bus in Brighton, ring partner on mobile. He comes to get me from bus stop! Whew home again just after midnight feeling a bit like a bedraggled Cinderella!
(the following link to the earlier event may be of interest https://annperrin.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/poetry-london-autumn-launch-and-first-prize-to-liz-berry