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Embodied Poetry - Em Strang

  • CoastWord Annex Dunmuir Hotel Dunbar, East Lothian Scotland (map)
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  Photo by Heshani Sothiraj Eddleston

Photo by Heshani Sothiraj Eddleston

Since November 2017, award winning poet Em Strang has been running workshops in Embodied Poetry.

There will be particular focus on:

Sound – where and how do words resonate in the body? ‘Hearing is a physical response, not just an intellectual one’ (Fran Quinn).

The visual – what does it mean to see? How do we experience perception, and what role do our eyes play in this?

Somatic awareness – what does the body tell us about the poem, before we’ve even finished reading it?

Movement – what happens to language when we embody its shape or dance its meaning?

‘If you’re holding your breath in any way, a part of you is not present.’
— Kristin Linklater, Freeing the Natural Voice

The discussion and analysis of poems will form part of the workshops, but emphasis will be placed not just on an intellectual understanding, but also on an embodied experience: how do poems make a connection with our blood, our hearts, our breath? How can poems help us to see more clearly?

‘Seeing’ and experiencing poetry in an embodied way can transform the way we approach writing practice, and can enable the poet to access his or her own unique, authentic voice.'

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