Student Stories: Martha Benedict blogs about Poetics
This blog piece by MA Poetics of Imagination student Martha Benedict explores how the spaces in between the intensives can be just as enriching as the taught sessions themselves.
Image credit: Martha Benedict
Euston appeared, down the line, coming out from the bedding planes of a piece of soapstone… I’ve spent a lot of time on trains over the past few months I thought. Train strikes notwithstanding I like public transport – the conversations with, the people watching, the landscapes scudding past the window, the sense of adventure you get that somehow can’t be achieved in a car – trains seem like a space removed from the regular. In fact I’m writing this on a train – the mouth of the Menai Strait to my left – peaking over my shoulder trying to see what I’m saying – but it’s on the other side of the window, so no joy there. This is a familiar journey – up and down to London or on my way to Devon to Dartington every second month. And so it seems that so many of the stories so far on the Poetics of Imagination course are about journey’s – its easy to tell tales when travelling because the movement through landscape lends itself to concocting stories to pass the time. Journeys remind you of other journeys and one hill or skyline evokes another. Leaving and arriving are moments to be marked as occasions…
This might read as the fragmented meanderings of someone undergoing something quite like some sort of existential surgery… and it kind of is in a way, but this is what we signed up for – no one said we weren’t warned when we embarked on this journey through the Poetics of Imagination (whatever that is) – our guides and mentors aren’t quite sure, the ‘students’ even less so. But onwards we go!
– Martha Benedict is studying (or attempting to) Poetics of Imagination.