Anne-Marie Fyfe – ‘As I Write This Letter: a poetry workshop inspired by letters, postcards, messages and notes’
A letter is a joy of Earth–
It is denied the Gods—
Practitioners of letters have long longed for the thud on a morning mat; & missives — delivered & undelivered, stamped or franked, misappropriated, misdirected & mislaid — are a perennially fascinating subject. A much-awaited object in popular songs, the crux of countless plays, & a useful literary device (as in Bram Stoker’s Dracula), the letter offers the poet plausible pretexts for musing aloud, & an endless subject for speculation, as in Elizabeth Bishop’s Letter to NY, Ted Hughes’ Birthday Letters, WH Auden’s Night Mail& Sharon Olds’ Letter to My Father from 40,000 Feet… Explore the uses & misuses of letters, notes & postcards, as both subject & literary form in poetry.
Anne-Marie was born in Ireland and now lives in West London. A poet, creative-writing tutor, arts organiser (of the well-known Troubadour club events in London), she was Chair of the Poetry Society (2006 – 2009). She has published five poetry collections, includingUnderstudies: New and Selected Poems and, in 2015, House of Small Absences. She also won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Curaçao Dusk’.