Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chris Levenson Workshop

“Dont Miss a Beat!”

Exploring Cadence and Verse Movement
Where does a line of poetry end? And why just there and not two words later or earlier? Why this fuss about line breaks? What difference do such matters make to the sound and the tone and so also the meaning of the poem as a whole? This workshop’s aim is to get people talking about alternative ways of shaping lines for maximum impact.

DATE: Monday March 28th 12:30 to 4:30

LOCATION: Acme Food Co, Bombay Lounge,
14 Commercial Street, Nanaimo

COST: $60.00


RESERVATIONS to David Fraser, ascentaspirations@shaw.ca
Make cheques out to WordStorm Society of the Arts and mail them to: David Fraser, 1560 Arbutus Drive, Nanoose Bay, BC, V9P 9C8

In this workshop we will look at the way poets from John Donne to Philip Larkin, from W.B. Yeats to Dennis Lee and Pat Lowther have manipulated word order and the rhythms of the speaking voice. We will consider not just traditional metrical verse but also several alternative ways of escaping from the predictability of the iambic line. Since even free verse—especially free verse—needs to be structured, we will explore such innovations as syllabics or William Carlos Williams’ triadic line and participants will have time within the workshop to practise these techniques for themselves.

Christopher Levenson, who came to Canada from the U.K. in 1968 to teach English and Creative Writing at Carleton University in Ottawa, has published ten books of poetry and two chapbooks, most recently Local Time, 2006, from Ottawa’s Stone Flower Press, and edited three poetry anthologies. He was co-founder in 1978 of Arc poetry magazine and its first editor; co-founder and Series Editor of Carleton University Press’s Harbinger Poetry series, specifically for first books of poetry; and served for a year as Poetry Editor for the Literary Review of Canada. In addition to the twenty five full year credit Poetry Workshops he conducted for Carleton, he also started and ran the Ottawa Poetry Group, whose anthology Soundings he co-edited in 2005. He moved to Vancouver in the Fall of 2007.

Also come to WordStorm at the Acme Food Co. March 28th and hear Christopher Levenson read his work.

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