How To Write A Poem For The Queen: a workshop with the Parliamentary Poet Laureate

(10 March 2012)

Posted in Fred Wah, Past Workshops

Instructor: Fred Wah

When: 10 March 2012, 1:30 – 5:00 PM

Location: Of Swallows, 283 College Street, Upper Seminar Room

Would you
Should you
If yr asked
Use up a poem
To do this task?

This is a workshop on the Occasional Poem. Much maligned and frequently scorned by poet laureates, the poetics of the occasional poem invite an intriguing spectrum of considerations. Can a “poem in honour of” engage a similar discourse to the poem simply written “For”? And what sorts of intention function to generate the immense range of occasional poetry (W.H. Auden’s “Under Which Lyre: A Reactionary Tract for the Times,” Robert Creeley’s “So There,” bpNichol’s “Sketch For A Botanical Drawing For Thomas A. Clark,” Roy Miki’s “Nagasaki Day for Baco O,” or current British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s poem “Rings” for the royal wedding last spring).

Each participant is asked to bring along one of their own short poems occasioned by love, death, birth, anger, politics, admiration, and so forth.

This workshop is limited to 12 participants.


Price: $75.00

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