As part of the Perth Poetry Festival Dennis will be giving a workshop with fellow poet Annamaria Weldon.
It will be from 11.30am-1.00pm, Saturday 19 September in the Queens Building (level 1, 57 William St, Perth City): Poetic Form: What is it and What’s it to You?
The history of English language poetry has seen a gradual loosening of formal poetic requirements. This was given such momentum by the Modernist revolution that most contemporary poetry is written in free verse, and there is a strong contemporary movement promoting prose poetry. This may make it seem that contemporary poetry has no formal requirements at all but that is simply not true. All poetry has elements of form that don’t apply to prose, and different forms will suit different poems, according to subject matter, tone and authorial stance.
This workshop will discuss contemporary poetic form, the reasons for the shift from traditional stanza and rhyme, and the formal elements that best suit draft poems submitted by participants.
Also as part of the Festival Dennis will be reading from his latest book as part of the Voicebox reading: 2pm on Sunday 27 September, again in the Queens Building.