THE BEAT OF CHRIS VANNOY AND OTHER BEAT POETS

Poem-Making With Jim Moreno (760) 802-2449
Sunday, January 19, 2020, 1:00 P.M. To 4:00 P.M.
San Diego Writers, Ink 2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202-204, San Diego, CA 92106

2nd Sunday – Jihmye Poetry – Open Mic 06/14/20
Our Feature Is World-Community Storyteller Alyce Smith Cooper
2nd Sunday is in solidarity with 100,000 Poets For Change
& the San Diego/Tijuana Chapter of the ReEvolutionary Poets Brigade

Jim Moreno, Author of Dancing in Dissent: Poetry for Activism
Jim Moreno is an Artist-in-Residence teaching poetry with Arts 4 Learning since 2005.  Jim was an original member and coordinator of San Diego’s Langston Hughes Poetry Circle and a board member of the African American Writers & Artists.  Moreno was also the director of the Encanto Boys and Girls Club Children’s Poetry Choir and the Language Arts teacher at the All Tribes American Indian Charter School on Rincon Reservation.  Since August of 2005 he has served as the Poet-In-Residence for the Juvenile Court & Community Schools where he teaches poetry workshops for at-risk youth in lockups and community schools and is currently between contracts.  63 of his students have been published in the Inbetween Places newsletter, a publication for the homeless.  Each of those students were awarded $10.00 for their poetry. 44 of Moreno’s students were published in the San Diego Poetry Annual’s 2015 edition.   6 of his students have won first place awards in a county-wide Poetry for Peace contest sponsored by the San Diego Peace Resource Center.  Each student was awarded $100.00.  Publishing and award monies for his students have added up to over $1500.00 since 2007..  Another student won first place in  a state-wide playwright contest.  She wrote the play in her cell in Juvenile Hall.  The award winnng one-act play was performed in a local theater.  She had never seen a play before in her young life.        The 2016-2017 edition of the San Diego Poetry Annual  saw 42 of Jim’s incarcerated students have 49 poems published.  As the Regional Editor for Native American poetry, Moreno was able to help 14 Indian poets publish 20 poems.  Some of those students were enrolled at the All Tribes American Indian Charter School where Moreno first taught Language Arts in 2002.  Moreno revisited the school and facilitated a poetry workshop for the students.  Jim Moreno was voted the Arts 4 Learning Residency Teacher of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year.
 
 
     Mr. Moreno has been a guest poetry teacher at St. Elmo’s Village in Los Angeles, the Heman B. Stark Branch of the California Youth Authority, Los Coyotes Reservation, Chula Vista High School, Crawford High School, The Grauer School in Encinitas, The Vista Buddhist Temple, Southwestern College, the Magee Park Poets in Carlsbad, California, the Point Loma Arts Academy, Explorer Charter School, and the CalSAC Statewide Conference.  Jim Moreno has been published in City Works, The Langston Hughes Poetry Anthology, The Magee Park Poets Anthology, the poetry conspiracy, Tidepools, The San Diego Poetry Annual, and others. 
 
     Jim has performed with The Three Deuces, a three art ensemble with jazz trumpeter Mitch Manker and dancer Michael Tompkins. He authored Dancing in Dissent: Poetry For Activism (Dolphin Calling Press, 2007).  As Jim Hornsby he serves on the advisory board of the Poetic Medicine Institute.  He recently featured with Institute president John Fox at the Encinitas Library.  He is the co-host with painter/poet Jihmye Collins of 2nd Tuesday – Jihmye Poetry, an open mic poetry gathering at the Cafe Cabaret at 3739 Adams Ave., in Normal Heights.  He has read his original verse at poetry venues from Seattle to Orlando. Moreno is a Regional Editor for the 2014-2015 San Diego Poetry Annual.  Jim won first place at The People’s Choice poetry competion at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park reciting his original poem “Strange Fruit & Other Public Executions”  He was competing with 9 other poets.
 
     Moreno states firmly that he is proud to be an adopted member of the Barbareno Chumash tribe.  He was adopted by his brother John Moreno, a Chumash elder, painter, storyteller, and singer in a ceremony in the spring of 1995 in Lomita, California.  His mother, Rosie (Nani) Moreno was a Tohono O’dham, Pima, Mexican, Irish elder who inspired those around her to sing with life. 
 
    Jim’s birth mother, Miriam Hess, was a talented story teller, traveler, and musician who played the piano and organ.  Moreno attributes his writing talent to the storytelling talents of his mother and his two sisters, Barbara and Sheila.  “I grew up listening to my mom and my sisters tell great stories during the day, at meals, and at night.  I left home at 18 to begin a life of collecting my own stories. That’s what you will find in my poetry.”

When Donald Trump Washes the Feet of the Homeless: For Delia

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled people this year,
 
A boy paralyzed in a diving accident,
 
A man and a woman with cerebral palsy,
 
Got down on his pope knees on a pope pillow and washed their feet,
 
Washed the feet of two elders who could hardly walk,
 
Then kissed their feet & smiled a kind smile.
 
  The pontiff poured water from a silver pitcher,
 
their feet in a silver bowl,
 
Wiped their feet with a clean white towel,
 
Kissed their feet and smiled a kind smile.
 
He knew that Jesus said if I’m your teacher
 
and wash your feet then you wash the feet of others
 
In the spirit, not the letter, of the law.
 
 
 
Last year the good pope washed the feet of two Muslims
 
and two women at a juvenile hall in Rome,
 
Years ago washed the feet of young mothers
 
in a maternity ward in Buenos Aires,
 
Pope Kindness washed and kissed the feet
 
of 12 AIDS patients in a hospice in Argentina,
 
Washed and kissed the feet of recovering
 
addicts in a treatment center in the capitol.
 
The good pope reminds us that it’s not
 
who’s feet are being washed, it’s
 
the spirit behind the gesture.
 
 
 
Donald Trump, raised in a Christian church,
 
knows the example of Jesus.
 
Jesus is his teacher, right?
 
Oh, maybe not about respecting women
 
but Jesus is Don’s teacher, right?
 
Does that mean President Don will wash my feet?
 
Will he wash your feet one day & not smirk?
 
Pour sacred water from a silver pitcher on your feet?
 
Catch the dirty water in a silver bowl?
 
Wipe your feet with a clean white towel?
 
Kiss your feet, look you right in the eye and smile a kind smile?
 
When Donald Trump kneels on a pillow, just like humble Pope Francis,
 
and washes the feet of a woman,
 
 
 
 
 
When Donald gets on his knees and washes the feet of a Muslim,
 
Washes the feet of the Mexican man who’s
 
back is bowed because of ignorance and hate,
 
Washes the feet of the broken and the poor,
 
In the spirit behind the gesture.
 
That’s when America will be great again.
 
 
 
Jim Moreno Fall 2017