Third Hour Poems: Part II

Poem-Making With Jim Moreno 


Sunday, August 27, 2017, 1:00 P.M. To 4:00 P.M. 

San Diego Writers, Ink,  2730 Historic Decatur Rd., #202, San Diego, CA 92106 


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     As the size of Jim' Moreno's poetry workshops have increased it has taken longer for all the poets to read their poems and receive positive feedback. That means there was no time left to cover poems from the “third hour”of his workshops. So Jim's students asked him to teach workshops about the third hour material. This is workshop number two honoring that request.

     In July, participants heard poetry from the Li Young Lee workshop first presented in January of this year followed by poems from Black History month in February. This included video's of Hip Hop poets from San Diego like Ant Black and Jerrica Escoto. Moreno considers Hip Hop a valid genre of poetry on account of the presence of a plethora of poetry elements from alliteration to personification; from allusion to onomatopoeia.

     August's version of Third Hour Poems will include poetry from Women's Herstory Month in March with poetry from Maya Angelou, June Jordan, Mary Oliver, Audre Lord, and Native American poet Deborah Miranda in the first 90 minutes. The second part of August's workshop will focus on the poetry of Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhīm, aka Rumi, the best selling poet in these United States.

     If you are looking for a workshop to help you find your audience this workshop is not for you. If you are looking for a critique workshop, this class is not for you. If you are looking for a safe writing environment, a place to explore your own heart, to find your original voice, this is the workshop for you.

     Perhaps a quote about Rumi's style of writing might help you if you're not sure about attending: The voices in Rumi’s poetry come from many points on the inner-outer spectrum. The outer conversations are contained within quotation marks, and the inner ones are continuous and permeate the entire fabric of his poetry. On the most ordinary level, we all sometimes hear ourselves speaking from, say, some habitual pattern of meanness or acceptable optimism; then, at other times we surprise ourselves by coming out with wisdom beyond our usual.  Coleman Barks

     Voicing your intuitive wisdom is the heart of this workshop: moonlight, not sunlight, lunar vs solar awareness; letting the eyes of your pen or your keyboard speak without judgment or censor. When the eyes speak, the I's hear it. For beginning or seasoned poets.

     Jim Moreno is the author of Dancing in Dissent: Poetry For Activism, (Dolphin Calling Press, 2007) and two cd's of music and poetry. He is a Teaching Artist & on the Program Committee with San Diego Writers, Ink. Jim has studied with Steve Kowit, Sam Hamod, RegE Gaines, D.J. Watson, Willie Perdomo, Judy Reeves, John Fox, and G. Lynne Nelson. Moreno is on the Advisory Board of the Poetic Medicine Institute in Palo Alto, California. He is a Regional Editor with the San Diego Poetry Annual and a Teaching Artist with Arts 4 Learning where he was just voted the Residency Teaching Artist of the Year, 2016-2017. Jim hosts 2nd Tuesday-Jihmye Poetry at the Cafe Cabaret, an open mic for spoken word. Contact him at




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