As 21st century poets we inherit an array of poetic devices from twentieth-century experimentation. In addition to the traditional toolkit of rhyming, rhythmic and phonological effects, we have a plethora of processual, procedural, conceptual and performative approaches: ways of circumventing conscious intention, defamiliarising expectations and disrupting syntax to form new connections.
In this seminar-workshop, poets Steven Hitchins and Rhys Trimble will consider the many reasons for using such methods, the different experiences engendered and what it’s like to engage with such work as readers and writers.
They will begin by looking at the development of the cut-up technique: from Tristan Tzara and Hans Arp’s use of chance in circling words at random in a newspaper or cutting them out and drawing them from a hat; to the developments made by William Burroughs in slicing and folding whole pages to create multi-spacetime narratives.
They will then move on to the broad variety of playful conceptual mechanisms devised by Bernadette Mayer in her list of writing experiments and journal ideas: systematic translations and transformations and the performative frame of durational constraints.
In the second half they will consider the use of spatial parameters in the psychogeographical dérives of the Situationist International. The seminar will combine critical discussion and practical activities, culminating in a writing walk around Llangattock.
Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions).
Supported by Literature Wales.