‘fox says, look down to the road and keep your listening up’ (Lull, Jorie Graham)

From the foxes of Jorie Graham’s P L A C E to the horses of Jen Hadfield’s Nigh-No-Place, poetry is teeming with animals, all with something or somewhere to show us. Exploring the idea of the presiding spirit, we’ll discuss how to cultivate attentive listening and ways to establish a coherent topography for our poems.

As Iain Sinclair says of John Clare, in his Edge of the Orison, ‘space expresses itself through the person you choose as a guide’. Come and explore the idea of poetry as geography, with help from the likes of Burnside’s hyena, Palahniuk’s penguin, Wittgenstein’s lion and others.

Details to follow.