Finding the Words: Poetry Workshop with Ko Ko Thett
Poetry can be a powerful way to write about memories, real life, and the issues you feel passionately about. In this two-hour poetry workshop, seasoned poet, poetry editor and translator Ko Ko Thett will help you find the words to explore difficult or traumatic experiences and express your truth in poetry.
Together you will explore:
- Use of irony (precise or otherwise)
- The notion of the trauma clown (Vivek Shraya)
- How to walk the fine line between lyric poetry of the self and self-pity
- Means of addressing trauma and injustice (including injustice to Gaia)
Ko Ko Thett is known for his inventive use of language that allows him to find glimmers of strangeness in daily life and humour in darkness. Through a mixture of group discussion and guided writing exercises, Ko Ko will share techniques that you will then be able to use in drafting your own poems that bring light and form to your experiences. Bring a pen and paper and prepare to feel inspired!
This workshop is suitable for beginners. Participants must be aged 18+.
Can’t make this workshop? Ko Ko will host the same workshop later in the day at 2pm.
About Ko Ko Thett
Ko Ko Thett is a Burma-born poet, literary translator, and poetry editor for Mekong Review. He started writing poems for samizdat pamphlets at the Yangon Institute of Technology in the ’90s. After a brush with the authorities in the 1996 student protest, and a brief detention, he left Burma in 1997 and has led an itinerant life ever since. Thett has published and edited several collections of poetry and translations in both Burmese and English. His poems are widely translated and anthologised. His translation work has been recognised with an English PEN award. Thett’s most recent poetry collection is Bamboophobia (Zephyr Press, 2022). He lives in Norwich, UK.
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