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New Tricks: Obscurity (with Lotte L.S.)

February 27, 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 SEVEN: Obscurity (with Lotte L.S.)

“What does the hard look do to what it sees? Pull beauty out of it, or stare it in?” Denise Riley asks in her poem ‘Outside from the Start’. Obscurity in poetry is often seen as making the already-difficult more difficult, more elusive, more elitist, more difficult to “get” – as if there is anything to get.

What if, as the poet and painter Etel Adnan writes, “Some things are not meant to be clear, obscurity is their clarity. Obscurity is not a lack of light. It is a different manifestation of light, because it shows you things.” How can obscurity challenge unacknowledged hierarchies of ways of seeing, reading, understanding, and the idea of a singular “inner voice” that, as poets and non-poets, we are told to write towards? How can we avoid an approach to reading poetry that mimics the scrutinising and examining eyes of the judge, the police – these figures of authority – and recognises that intelligibility is as much to be feared as desired. And move us closer towards poetry as not simply an act of writing, but one of listening, thinking and doing.

We’ll read and discuss the work of poets such as Anna Mendelssohn, Leslie Scalapino, Bhanu Kapil and C.D. Wright.

No prior knowledge or experience of writing and reading poetry required. All welcome.

Lotte L.S. is a poet living in Great Yarmouth.

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 27, 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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