Milkweed & Butterflies, Not Bombs,
Poem-Making for Peace & Nonviolence
June 10, 2018, 1:00 P.M. To 5:00 P.M.
In the lovely home of poet Barbara Huntington
After you register our secretary will send you Barbara's address.
by clicking on the following link: http://www.sandiegowriters.org/2018-06-10-milkweed-butterflies-not-bombs-part-2-poem-making-for-peace-nonviolence-with-jim-moreno/
Milkweed & Butterflies, Not Bombs, Part 1 was attended by 10 poets who were receptive to
the themes of peace and nonviolence, especially in the shadow of the recent shootings at Santa Fe High School in Texas and
the tragedies of 22 school shootings this year in our country. The poets responded to quotes of poets and their poetry to
write strong poems of solidarity for peace and nonviolence. Quotes from politicians to presidents framed the prompts by San
Diego Writers, Ink teaching artist Jim Moreno, e.g., Jeanette Rankin's You can
no more win a war than you can win an earthquake., or President Kennedy's We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda, it is a form of truth. When power leads...toward
arrogance, poetry reminds... of...limitations. When power narrows the areas of...concern, poetry reminds...of the richness
and diversity of...existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must
serve as the touchstone of our judgment.
Jim Moreno returns Milkweed Part 2 to the lovely home of Barbara Huntington,
amidst a spacious garden which includes flowering and indigenous plants, milkweed and butterflies. Barbara's South Bay home
will again root workshop participants in themes of peace against war, nonviolence against violence, & equality and dignity
against racism and ignorance. Moreno waxes poetic when he reports, “That Sunday I walked outside to write and to check on the
poets who were writing in her garden and they were all sitting at tables under trees, next to blooming flowers, milkweed
with Monarch butterflies flitting and floating on the wind, or under a flowered canopy. I took a deep breath and smiled
at that scene of beauty & creativity.
Milkweed Part 2 will continue to feature writing prompts from the anthology
Poets Against The War, edited by Sam Hamil of Copper Canyon Press, to provide inspiration for workshop
participants in the first 90 minutes. Poets Against
the War was a global movement of poets that erupted in February, 2003, to protest the invasion of Iraq by the Bush administration.
Within a few weeks, the movement ballooned into an international phenomenon, with over 13,000 poets submitting their poetry
to the web site to protest the war(poetsagainstthewar.org).
In Milkweed Part 1's second 90 minutes poets viewed film
clips of Sam Cook's, A Change Is Gonna Come and San Diego's national Hip Hop poet Rudy Francisco's Adrenaline
Rush & other poems. In Milkweed Part 2 Moreno promises to blend Hip Hop with contemporary poems for beginning to
seasoned writers in composing original poetry. This is not a critique class. It's a writing workshop grounded in a Container
of respect. After you register for this June 10th class San Diego Writers, Ink will send you the address to Barbara's
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. Jim was voted the Residency Teacher of the Year at Arts 4 Learning for 2016-17.
He is the co-host, with Theresa F. of 2nd Tuesday Jihmye Poetry –
Open Mic at the Cafe Cabaret. Jim will also co-hosted with Michael Klam Cultures Connect in San Diego at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park, April
7, 2018., a poetry program featuring 7 poets from diversity including Pilar R. Aranda, Alexis Ng, Francisco Bustos, Sharon
Elise, Viet Mai, Angela Torres, & Ted Washington.