Date(s) - 12/04/2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
~ THIS EVENT IS BOOKED OUT ~
A workshop by ajCarruthers
Co-presented by Queensland Poetry Festival | SPACES STRICTLY LIMITED
Join poet, performer, and prophet ajCarruthers for an unmissable workshop (via Zoom) on 12 April.
To celebrate the launch of QPF’s online poetry workshops, the first workshop is on us — as a treat — but spaces are strictly limited! Register here for free.
POETRY & THE PROPHETIC MODE
What does poetry say about the future? From Abrahamic, Indigenous, African & Greek prophetic traditions to Hildegarde von Bingen, Michel de Nostradamus, William Shakespeare, John Milton, William Blake & Hannah Weiner, prophecy has over time become a poetic genre of its own. P.B. Shelley in A Defence of Poetry spoke of poets as one who unites the characters of legislator & prophet. So what’s become of the prophetic mode? Is it still around & if so in what form? In this workshop we’ll look at historic ways of proceeding prophetically: Sumerian drops of oil in water, Nostradamus’s flame, Blake’s illustration. I’ll introduce my prophetic method: the observation of melting ice, & demonstrate the use of a Prognosticator, an instrument that melts ice under different conditions. The aim will not necessarily be to determine any certain future event, but simply to factor the future in to poetic writing, & to appreciate the way of doing writing that is, long has been, the prophetic way.
a.j. carruthers (or ajCarruthers) is a poet, performer, and prophet, author of Axis Book 1 (Vagabond 2014), Axis Book 2 (Vagabond 2019), a sound work, Consonata (2018-2019), and a book of scholarship, Stave Sightings: Notational Experiments in North American Long Poems (Palgrave 2017). Axis is a lifelong long poem, the duration of which is a life, or close to the bulk of one life.
Bookings are closed for this event.