Start: March 15, 2021
12:00 am
End: April 24, 2021
12:00 am

with Edgar Silex

Spring 2021 | Virtual Program | 3/15/2021 – 4/24/2021

Poems don’t always alight all at once on the blank page. They arrive like swallows, one by one, piecemeal over a few attempts or a few days until the poem is complete. Other poems arrive in fits or during short lolls, requiring time from us to cogitate its raison d’etre, or to pick the precise language, image, or tropes that express rumination and imagination. We simply may not the have the time to crank out a poem a day. We may be living busy lives or, our daily lives may be filled with obligations. Breaking up the writing process is more akin to arranging a poem than processing it all at once in search of instant reward. This writing process naturally subsumes quantity in search for quality. Using forms and short writing tactics that lend themselves to writing the meditative poem, a poem that breaks the narrative and serial cognition of the daily written poem, in this poetry workshop we will attempt to write poems of expansion, dissonance and fragmentation.

Six-week class will be run by Edgar Silex and will meet twice each week. The first meeting of each week will examine a poetry prompt, provide a contextual approach to the exercise and discuss supporting texts. The second meeting of each week will discuss student work to each prompt.

Each week there will be a new poetry prompt, plus any supporting texts on a canvas discussion thread. Prior to the second meeting of each week students will post their new poems to the canvas thread. Students are expected to read all the new material on the canvas thread before to each zoom meeting.

Course Summary:

Week 1: Thirteen ways of breaking up a poem.

Week 2: Leaping the concrete stones across the river Trope.

Week 3: Poetry chameleons: sestinas and ghazals.

Week 4: The sabe (stillness) of everything.

Week 5: Adoptions from the poetry orphanage.

Week 6: Voices from the wasteland.

Duration of Program

Applicants must also fill out a Doodle poll (the link to which they will receive upon being accepted to the program) to select the times that work best for them. Classes and practice sessions will be offered at the best consistent weekly times for a majority of participants starting from the first weeks of March depending on the results of the Doodle poll.

Program Fee

Breaking the Writing Process: Writing the Meditative Poem with Edgar Silex (12 classes)……………… $300

Optional: Private consultation on work(s) of student’s choice during final 2 weeks $20/30 Minutes.

Expectations Towards the Participant

This virtual program will be using Zoom for the classes. Reliable internet access is required for participation in the program.

Everyone participating in an Arts Letters & Numbers program is expected to treat each other with care and consideration as well as be mindful of each other’s time and space.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline. Any questions regarding the application can be sent to: [email protected]


There are a limited amount of scholarships available with partial reduction of the program fee. Scholarships are only considered for applicants for whom this is crucial for their participation in the program.

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