Influences & Workshops

Poets and writers that I have enjoyed reading & that have been useful for inspiration in workshops

Writing workshops always leave me saying "Thank you I enjoyed that." I say it to myself, I say it to whoever will listen at the time, and here I am saying it again.

I am also saying thank you for having read this far, of course I am curious to your reaction, was it worth it. It is certainly fun for me to put together, it would be more fun still to find there is a positive reaction.

Poets and writers I believe need feedback about the work they do, they also often need ideas and inspirations, pointers to new places of reference. The back catalogues, and back stories, of poets and writers from the past have proven to be an immense source of jumping off points for my workshops.

The namedropping begins with my first book of poetry, an anthology of the Eric Gregory prize winning poems of 1987. My favourite poem is Notes from a Tailor's Shop by Mark Hutchinson, here is a snippet from the beginning of the poem:

It's just not true, as some would have us think, that detail means diminishing returns, that the deeper one goes into the mechanics of things, and the more one learns, the fainter their capacity to move us grows.

If anything the opposite is so and our respect is that much greater than before, yet it's really how the two worlds lock together that's important, that invisible rapport that goes beyond both detail and the overview.

The namedropping will become a list that has no end; the latest under consideration for the library being The Dream Songs by John Berryman. The latest purchases were Tagore and De Saint-Exupery. In between, Armitage, Neruda, Bukowski & Yevtushenko are just a few of the many highlights.

© Christopher Sanderson 2018