How In Shadowed Landscapes? In this class, we’ll explore the notion of landscape, using language to create shadows and images that can haunt and inspire our writing process. This workshop will explore how the notion of landscape haunts our presence, how landscape and language grows from our own fractured ‘scapes,’ how landscapes divulge, sunder, determine the spaces we inhabit, how, as writers and figures in landscape, we can re articulate ‘landscape’ in order to engage in waves of thinking and writing about its role in the world, question how fragile and formidable it is, ask ourselves, how in shadowed landscapes there is sentience to which we must pay close attention, how in the words of Jorie Graham,
“easily our tracks
are filled. How easily
we are undone, … “ [On Why I Would Betray You]
The workshop will reflect on poetry which engages in and departs from walks through literal and personal landscapes, across time and place: Zoë Skoulding, Harriet Tarlo, Peter Riley as well as the voices of Latasha N Nevada Diggs, Camille Dungy, Louise Glück and Jorie Graham, will cross our reading paths on which we will discuss and develop our writing ideas. We will open ourselves to the “line of the landscape /run through me to somewhere else/ (Zoë Skoulding).
Agnieszka Studzińska has an MA in Creative Writing from the UEA. Her first debut collection, Snow Calling was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010. Her second collection, What Things Are is published by Eyewear Publishing (2014). She has had poems published in The Long Poem Magazine, The Manhattan Review, Wildcourt, Agenda, Myslexia, as well as having poems featured in several other anthologies. Her poem Winged Narratives was nominated for the 2019 Forward Prize for best single poem. She is currently working towards her PhD at Royal Holloway University of London exploring how the image of the house is appropriated in contemporary American poetry. She teaches creative writing to adults, undergraduates and for The Poetry School.