The Showroom

Preservation and Formlessness: a Poetry and Poetics Workshop

Saturday 27 April 2019

No advance experience in writing poetry is necessary. Selected reading will be shared in advance of the session.


Led by poet James Goodwin, this workshop will respond to and activate the research archive that accompanies 4 Waters: Deep Implicancy, an immersive film installation by Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman at The Showroom.

The workshop will consider four floating concepts – intuition, content, composition and form – in relation to the materials on display in The Showroom Studio.

The afternoon will involve reflexive and practical engagement with Ferreira da Silva and Neuman’s thinking. There will be a guided discussion of the selected reading set in advance of the workshop, a viewing of the film 4 Waters: Deep Implicancy, some time to read, look at and listen to the archive material, and individual and group writing exercises.

Together participants will contribute to and enact the preservation and formlessness of the archive by thinking, writing, reading, sharing and studying the poetry written during the workshop.

James Goodwin is a poet and PhD student in the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. His research is focused on blacksociopoetics, an approach to reading applied to a poetic, philosophical, theoretical, critical and ethical understanding of the social life of poetry.

Selected reading, copies of which will be shared with participants in advance of the workshop:

June Jordan, ‘Poem on Bell’s Theorem, or Haying the Field by Quantum Mechanics’; ‘Poem Number Two on Bell’s Theorem, or The New Physicality of Long Distance Love’; and ‘Last Poem on Bell’s Theorem, or Overriding the Local Common Sense of Causes to Effect’

Gwendolyn Brooks, ‘We Real Cool’

Etheridge Knight, ‘Haiku’

Fred Moten, 'Poetics of The Undercommons'

Denise Ferreira da Silva, ‘On Difference Without Separability’