Writing Poetry Today

This module looks at poetry culture in the UK and beyond, preparing you to enter the world of the publishing poet by closely examining the prize culture, some of the significant prize- winning collections by new poets over the last few years, and current poetry journals.

You will investigate current trends, learning what it takes to get your work read - by editors, publishers and the poetry-consuming public. And you’ll put together a publication package with the aim of building your own portfolio in readiness for the vibrant and varied poetry marketplace - which continues to defy predictions of its demise.

Each seminar will be divided into reading and workshopping of your creative work in light of what we've read.

Indicative study texts:

Seamus Heaney, Seeing Things (Faber, 1991)

Sarah Howe, Loop of Jade (Chatto 2015)

Kei Miller, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet 2014)

Sam Riviere, Kim Kardashian's Marriage (Faber 2015)

Andrew McMillan, Physical (Cape 2015)

Max Porter, Grief is the Thing with Feathers (Faber 2015)

The Current Forward Anthology for that year

A series of poetic journals (as chosen by your cohort)

Michael Symmons Roberts, Drysalter (Cape 2013)

Sinead Morrissey, Parallax (Carcanet 2013)