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Poetry at the Edge: Inspiration from Anne Carson, Masterclass with Kate Potts 1/2/24

I love being shown the depth in poets’ work by those passionate about their poetry. It expands my world!

Award-winning UK poet Kate Potts will share her passion for the mind-expanding poetry of Anne Carson. Anne Carson is an acclaimed Canadian poet, translator and professor of Classics. Carson’s work eludes expectation and definition. Her books collide genres, forms and registers, mixing scholarly and colloquial language, philosophy and wry comedy, and myth and the everyday in ways that expose the processes, power and limits of language.

Kate will lead in-depth discussions on examples of Carson’s poetry that make innovative use of the page as visual display, curation of existing texts and works, and forms from beyond poetry such as the dictionary definition, film and theatre script, comic book, and essay.

We’ll look at extracts from Men in the Off Hours (Cape, 2000), Nox (New Directions, 2009), and Antigonick (Bloodaxe, 2012), exploring themes of archive and assemblage, and myth as a space for disruption.

We’ll consider how Carson’s work might spark and inspire new approaches in your poetry through playful writing exercises. 

Anne Carson’s awards for her work include the Puchcart Prize, the Lannan Literary Award, The Griffin Poetry Prize, the TS Eliot Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant. Former UK Poet laureate Andrew Motion describes her as ‘An exceptionally daring and clever poet.’

Timing and Cost

9am UK time // 5pm Perth Australia // 7.30pm Adelaide  // 6.30pm  Darwin // 7pm Brisbane //  Sydney 8pm

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Thursday 1st February, 2024

1.5 hours long

Cost £20 GBP (with cost effective exchange via STRIPE)

Online on Zoom – these masterclasses are small groups, maximum 23 – one screen.

About Kate Potts

Kate Potts’ second collection Feral (Bloodaxe, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society recommendation and a Telegraph poetry book of the month. Her debut pamphlet Whichever Music (tall-lighthouse) was a Poetry Book Society choice and was shortlisted for a Michael Marks Award. Pretenders, an Arts Council funded multi-voice poem focusing on imposter syndrome, will be published in 2025.

Kate teaches for Middlesex University and works as a freelance educator, mentor and editor. She lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire, with her son.

If this event sells out, contact me using this form TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST – I often do draw on the waiting list. Include the name of the workshop.



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Feb 01 2024


9:00 am - 10:30 am

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 01 2024
  • Time: 4:00 am - 5:30 am




Online (Zoom)
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