june, 2020

04jun9:30 pm11:00 pmWhat are poets for? ​The saving power of poetry (Online event)

Event Details

This is offered through our Friends at Snapdragon. Visit their site for registration! https://www.poetryheals.com/whatarepoetsfor.html

A six-week live virtual workshop series with Petra Salazar, Poetry Editor, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing and Francisco Gallegos, Asst. Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University 

Thursdays, June 4-July 9  |  9:30-11:00 p.m. EST via Zoom

Special price of $150  |  Register by May 24

​Part poetry writing workshop, part philosophy class, this course examines the power of poetry for cultivating the intellectual, emotional, and practical capacities that are most needed in our current historical moment. Through reading poetry, writing poetry, and discussing the philosophy of poetry, we will deepen our connection to the mythopoetic forces that sustain us.

This online course is open to anyone regardless of your previous exposure to poetry or philosophy. Join us after you’ve had a full day of work, or after you’ve laid your child to bed. This time is for you.

​Course objectives
Participants who complete this course will:

  • Be introduced to fascinating and inspiring works of poetry and philosophy.
  • Create original works of poetry in the form of a personalized “book of hours” designed to cultivate moments of awareness, remembrance, and transcendence.
  • Make new friends while having intimate discussions about some of our deepest individual and collective challenges, guided by caring and supportive coaches.

Course description
“What are poets for in a destitute time?” This question, posed by Hölderlin in the poem “Bread and Wine,” challenges us to think about poetry in relation to the great historical dramas of our moment. According to the philosopher Martin Heidegger, modern life is organized around the concern for control, rationality, and efficiency, and as a result we are experiencing a growing disconnection from the sacred. If this disconnection from the sacred is the underlying cause of the ecological, political, cultural crises we face today, then what is most urgently needed is to reclaim our sensitivity to the meaning of our lives—a task for which poetry is uniquely suited.

To this end, the central focus of our work together will be the creation of your own, personal book of hours. A book of hours in the Christian tradition is a prayer book that was developed in medieval Europe and used for private devotion. Together we will reimagine what a book of hours might be — a space for remembering, collecting, and inventing poetic images that speak to our ownmost sources of spiritual sustenance and longing.

In addition to whole-class meetings on Thursday evenings, you will have the option of joining smaller discussion groups on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. You will also have ample opportunities to work privately with the instructors to refine your work.


(Thursday) 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm