Preparing sessions for two young poets tomorrow. I'm always interested in people's unique areas of knowledge and/ obsession. Really looking forward to working with a fellow (non professional) classical pianist/composer to see how areas like composition, transposition, harmonising, changing key etc. can be brought into poetry. Can we find ways of getting the numerical structures, the double structure of base and treble cleff, the process of reading notes and measuring time into poetry? Will be using Fiona Sampson's amazing book- Music Lessons. Second poet loves grime and anime: again two amazing symbolic systems/worlds to explore and steal from for poetry. I've discovered I do enjoy grime...without the sound. Lyrics are really interesting. That thumping beat tho. Ay, ay, ay. Most artists are only using a fraction of their unique knowledge/understanding. If you adore 'Love Island' then use that to create a fantastic satire. If you love numbers/accounting /science there is so much you can do. A speech impediment, strange syntax or unusual use of silence (admittedly I find any use of silence in conversation remarkable) can also be amazing fodder for a poetry voice. I love listening to artists talk and showing them how what they take for granted- the unique fingerprints of their speech and thinking- can all become art.
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