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The New York Influence part 2: Basquiat and Jazz Poetry

Jean-Michel Basquiat first rose to prominence in the late 1970s, when a blend of early post punk, hip hop and street art was breathing new energy into the New York art scene. Basquiat was also influenced by jazz and bebop, as exemplified by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. In this session, we’ll take inspiration from Basquiat’s ‘personal iconography’, the combination of text and image in his paintings, and some jazz-influenced poems – from Langston Hughes and Frank O’Hara, amongst others – and use this improvisatory and collaborative energy to create new poems of our own.

This workshop is held at the Poetry School, 1, Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 2XU

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