Interested in exploring poetic form? Check out the recent Return to Form project from I Am Loud Productions!
The project highlights five poetic forms—concrete poetry, golden shovels, Shakespearean sonnets, univocal poetry, and sestinas—through innovative poetry films and digital workshops.
In late 2020, I Am Loud commissioned ten Scotland-based poets to write new work in these forms, dividing poets into pairs and giving each pair the same form and prompt to demonstrate how completely different work can be inspired from the same starting point. The poets featured in the project are Stuart Kenny, Georgia Bartlett-McNeil, Tawona Sithole, Rachel Amey, Hannah Lavery, Callum O’Dwyer, Jo Gilbert, Courtney Stoddart, Paul Case, and Gray Crosbie. Their poetry is accompanied by dynamic videos (designed by Art Director Perry Jonsson) illustrating the poetic forms used. Here are the sestinas created by Case and Crosbie:
Additionally, the project entailed the creation of long-form digital workshops on each of these forms, to support poets interested in using these forms themselves. These workshops, led by Dr. Katie Ailes, fully explain the poetic forms, provide examples, and guide the participant step-by-step through how to write in them. They’re accessible to ages 14+ and poets with wide-ranging experience levels. Here is the workshop on sestinas:
All of the films and workshops created through this project are completely free to access through the I Am Loud Productions YouTube channel. You can browse the full films playlist here and the full workshops playlist here.
Return to Form was supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. For more information on the project, as well as links to all of the videos created through it, please visit here.