For almost 800 years the sonnet has been a mainstay of English-language poetry. In a 6-week course for Literature Cambridge, I’ll be guiding students as we trace the form’s development from its earliest incarnations in English to contemporary examples of this flexible and diverse poetic form.
The purpose of the fellowship is to use creative methodologies to intervene in our ideas about knowledge production in academic contexts. I’ll be carrying out interdisciplinary research and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students about using poetry-writing methods in their academic practice.
Over the past six months I’ve had the very great pleasure of getting to know the brilliant Ellen Hinsey. An award-winning poet and academic, Hinsey and I discussed poetry, ‘truth telling’ and the interdisciplinary nature of her work.
You can read the interview in full here, read Ellen’s poems here and read my editorial by clicking here.
The key problem the book identifies, Professor Winter suggests, is ‘that of linking remembrance, understood as the process of reflecting on the past, usually but not always with other people; and memory, understood as the product of such reflections each of us carries’.
My research is interested in how trauma interrupts the processing of experience into memory, asking how we can find forms able to express what is often inexpressible. The poems I published in the collection use ink and redaction techniques to engage with these ideas. It’s very gratifying to see these creative-critical engagements, in dialogue with more conventional essays, so well received.