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2017-05/29 In The Palm Of Your Heart, Part II of III The Peacock Pen of Steve Kowit with Jim Moreno

Date: Monday, May 29, 2017 Time: 10am to 1pm Number of sessions: 1 day only Members: $45 Nonmembers: $54 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106

Argus was a giant who had fifty pairs of eyes. Juno, wife of Zeus, asked him to keep an eye on her heifer (young cow) Io. The vigilant Argus stood guard, and when he felt drowsy, he allowed only two of his eyes to fall asleep. The remaining forty-nine pairs of eyes were focused on Io. Unfortunately for the giant, the messenger of the gods, Mercury, became interested in the heifer and decided to steal it. In order to achieve this, he began playing his lyre. The music was so soothing that Argus fell asleep – all one hundred eyes closed. Mercury drew his sword and promptly chopped off the giant’s head. When Juno saw what had happened, she removed the eyes from the head of the giant and placed them all on the tail of a peacock. I guess this explains why we talk about the eye of a peacock’s feather.


     The important part of this myth is that the woman (the feminine or the anima) transforms the death of Argus by moving  his vision to another form, the tail of the peacock.  Is that not what Steve Kowit was able to do in his social justice pen?  His ardent wish for the Palestinian people to have a homeland, his causes for  animal rights and stopping the bigotry against immigrants.  Is that what Jim Moreno attempts to do in this second of a three part series on the power, magic, and genius of his mentor and friend?

     Poets in this second installment of In The Palm Of Your Heart: The Peacock Pen of Steve Kowit, will compose an original memoir poem and then transform that into a current social justice theme: homelessness, animal rights, racism, climate change, etc.  In the first workshop in April’s National Poetry Month, Moreno translated the material in Chapter 2 of In The Palm Of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop into a three hour journey into the cave of the poets’ memories.

     Class number two will enter a parallel journey from Chapter 3 of Steve Kowit’s handbook for poets.

Starting with Fred Moramarco’s writings: the silence of the rest of our lives swallowed the moment forever. This, the last line from a story about Moramarco’s father’s sudden and mysterious violent rage.  An example of drinking from the deep spring of sentences about a moment that changed one’s life.

     Moreno adds:  This is not a critique class.  This is a class where we start out showing respect for each individual’s uniqueness as a writer; each fingerprint different from the rest, in a Container of respect and safetypoets as individual and unique snowflakes with their own individual signature in style & story.

       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, 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.  You can hear his interviews on Poets Corner with KNSJ, 89.1 FM and on San Diego weekday mornings at 11:00 A.M.  Jim hosts 2nd Tuesday-Jihmye Poetry at the Cafe Cabaret, an open mic for spoken word.  Contact him at

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