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Grief in Poetry



Gavin Yuan Gao




What does it mean to grieve through poetry? What can poetry and language offer us in times of loss and deep personal anguish? In this course we will read a diverse selection of poems on loss and discuss the unique way in which each poem celebrates or mourns what’s been lost. We will produce our own “grief poems” by imitating the style and form of the poetry we will be reading.
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This seminar will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

You Will Learn:

  • Why poetry matters especially in times of loss
  • Skills for close-reading poetry
  • Different ways in which poets approach grief in their poems
  • Be open to different ways of interpreting a single poem
  • How to create your own poems about grief through imitations

About the Tutor:

Gavin Yuan Gao is a genderqueer immigrant poet and translator. Their debut poetry collection, At the Altar of Touch, won the 2020 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, was published in 2022 by the University of Queensland Press and shortlisted for the 2022 Judith Wright Calanthe Award at the Queensland Literary Awards.

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Phone: +61399178461
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 02 June 2023 - 4:00
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