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2017-08/27 Third Hour Poems Part II — Poem-Making With Jim Moreno

Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017 Time: 1pm to 4pm 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

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. In July, participants heard poetry from the Li Young Lee workshop in January of this year followed by poems from Black History month in February. This included poems by Quincy Troupe and Nikki Giovanni as well as video’s of hip hop poets from San Diego like Ant Black and Jerrica Escoto. Jim’s students asked him to teach workshops about the third hour material. This is workshop number two honoring that request.

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. Jim’s workshop in July of 2016 offered verse from Rumi. The followup workshop in August of 2016, “When the Meadow Hears Thunder,” further explored the poetry of the Middle Ages Sufi founder and master.

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.

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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