of Imagination in Poetry's Light
of National Poetry Month
Poem-Making With Jim Moreno
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 1:00 P.M. To 4:00 P.M.
Diego Writers, Ink, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., #202, San Diego, CA 92106
Register by clicking on the following link:http://www.sandiegowriters.org/2018-04-15-in-celebration-of-national-poetry-month-with-jim-moreno/
We float between polarities of prose
and verse, between villages of culture and communities of heart, between form and free, between assonance and consonance,
between closed and open, between myth and legend, between traditional and experimental. Julia Alvarez, in her poem, New Clothes, writes: ...her
craft more perfect in invisibility / her outfits successes when they look as if she didn't make them / calls attention to her New York City roots floating between the Big
Apple and her Dominican Republic ancestors. Much like my German Catholic mother floated between our Bavarian warm-beer-drinking-ancestors
and the Jewish deli's of New York City circa 1930's. When I was a boy my mom loved inviting her New York friends to our modest
home in Orlando for cocktails and tales of the city that never sleeps.
Back to Ms. Alvarez . Is the cantadora reminding us that at the end of the poem are we finished or is the
poem finished with us? Did we choose the poem we love or did the poem choose us? Are we writing the poem or is the poem
writing us? Steve Kowit, reading his poem "Cherish"one night at Ducky Waddles bookstore in Leucadia, suggested that
if the poem is not lucid it is not a very good poem. He added that night, any time you come across a field with esoteric language, be suspicious...that no one really wants to
communicate...probably because their theory is really lightweight.
My April workshop
will not be lightweight. In
Celebration of National Poetry Month will be designed to invite you into heartfelt storytelling with your pen, invite you to breathe with the
poems you will be hearing and the film clips you will be watching from the likes of Alvarez, Barbara Ras, Women's Harlem Renaissance
poet Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson, Palomar Poet/Professor Sonia Gutierrez, Adrienne Rich, Muriel Rukeyser, and others.
and seasoned poets will enjoy this three hour workshop divided equally between women and men griots, with the second 90 minutes
focused on the magic of male wordsmiths like Kowit, Tony Hoagland, Quincy Troupe, James Dickey, Jack Collum, Harlem Renaissance
poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, and others. I look forward to meeting you or seeing you again in our Container of respect. Kindly
remember this is not a critique group, it is a laboratory of light; not lightweight but heart light.
Jim Moreno is a Teaching
Artist with San Diego Writers, Ink and on the Program Committee. He is a Regional Editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual where
he gathers poems for the Juvenile Hall and Native American chapters. He is the co-host, with Theresa F. of 2nd Tuesday Jihmye Poetry – Open
Mic at the Cafe Cabaret. Jim will also be hosting Cultures Connect in San Diego
at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park, April 7, 2018 at 7:00 P.M., a poetry program featuring six poets from diversity
including Pilar R. Aranda, Francisco Bustos, Sharon Elise, Shadap Zeest Hashmi,, Viet Mai, & Ted Washington.