The Walking Poets: From Machado to Moore They All Walked -Poem Making with Jim Moreno

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07/21/2019 - 1:00pm
07/21/2019 - 4:00pm
Poet/Activist Jim Moreno

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This poem-making class for beginning to seasoned writers is not for the poet who wants to remain sedentary. Poet Jim Moreno, 71 years old, includes a walking regimen in his monthly schedule. A runner of 16 marathons when he was young, Moreno's research uncovered interesting facts about Spanish poet Antonio Machado. It seems that the poet who “spoke in verse & lived in poetry” had a philosophy about walking around Seville: the landscape, the history of the landscape, the colors that unfold, the synchronicity on the walk, & the universal beauty were all part of the walkers awareness for Machado.

Teachers & Writers Magazine's Ron Padgett wrote an essay on poets that walked. Mr. Padgett suggests that there are 4 ways to write a “walk poem”:
1. A poem about what the poet sees during a particular walk.
2. A poem about a walk that produces a revelation of some kind.
3. A poem whose length, style, and shape mirror the length, style, and shape of the walk.
4. A poem that reflects the way the mind works during the walk.
(When we’re out walking, our minds flow somewhat differently than they do when we sit at home.)

Moreno's poem The Painter's Brush includes the poet's choices of mirth, mysticism, and mystery, blended with clarity and clout as the aesthetics of a poem and the heart of the storyteller. Here's the last stanza: We glanced at each other in unspoken awe and held our breaths/Our eyes whispered, “The sacred, we're in the sacred...”/Have you ever tip-toed backwards with a really good friend/Making no noise, afraid to wake from the dream/Afraid to disturb the strokes of the Painter's brush.