Wings of Imagination in Poetry's Light

In Celebration of National Poetry Month

                                                                                                                    Poem-Making With Jim Moreno

                                             Sunday, April 15, 2018, 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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     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.

     Beginning 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.



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