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New Tricks: How hot is your poem? (with Joe Hedinger)

February 20, 2020 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Whether you are curious to expand your poetry horizons or just want to try something new, New Tricks is for you.

New Tricks is a series of free, informal poetry workshops based on the particular fixations of the facilitators. The form of each session varies from week to week depending on the topic, and every opportunity is taken to make each session engaging, interactive and ‘getatable’: no lectures and no wrong answers.


WORKSHOP SIX: How hot is your poem? (with Joe Hedinger)

When reading or chatting about poetry, we tend to forget about form – the very basic physical structure of the words on the page. So in this workshop, we’ll be slowing right down, and becoming poetry archaeologists, starting at the start: discussing just the first few things we encounter when reading a poem: spacial architecture, lineation, and syntax.

With tips and tricks developed by lecturer / philosopher / possible inter-dimensional being Professor Timothy Morton, we will do some weird and counter-intuitive stuff, like completely ignoring all the words in poems, or treating poems as physical entities with physical properties such as heat or coolness – even qualities of life and death.

But ultimately, after a few fun exercises and lots of discussion, you’ll come away from the session with a surprisingly simple but startling way to close-read poetic form – unearthing a whole new dimension (that’s actually always been there) to any poem you encounter.

Joe is a bookseller at the Book Hive.

All sessions run 6.30-8:00pm at the Book Hive.
The workshop section of the evening will run for an hour, allowing for 30 minutes of mingling and mulling afterwards.
Doors 6:15pm for a prompt 6:30pm start.
Refreshments provided.
Limited to 13 places – please RSVP using the link below.


February 20, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The Book Hive
01603 219268


The Book Hive
53 London Street
Norwich, NR2 1HL United Kingdom
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