Stefi Weisburd volunteers at Explora, and this poem shows it. What a field trip! She is the author of two books, The Wind-Up Gods and Barefoot: Poems for Naked Feet. Her work has appeared in several national pubications, including American… Continue
There's few things that make me happier than having a street festival a stone's throw from my casita in Nob Hill. The teasing rain gave way to a cool and gorgeous afternoon and evening, drawing out thousands of ABQ hipsters for summer music, great food, and fun. A few new stores hastened their grand openings to be included in the evening's festivities...
Great service made up for our new Malt Shop's… Continue
It was one of my brother’s life-pleasures to sing with Pete Seeger at University Settlement Camp in Beacon, New York. As for so many, Pete was a surrogate father figure to him. Seeger and his wife Toshi Ohta, who was involved in radical organizations in New York City, shopped sometimes at my father’s Oriental Food Shop on Amsterdam Avenue and 124th Street in Manhattan. During the summer my siblings and I would attend Pioneer Youth Camp in Rifton, New… Continue
Bob Thomas, a local TV weatherman in 1950's Oklahoma City, was my idol. I imitated him using using a big cardboard box with the front cut out in the shape of a TV screen. I would crawl in through the back with a weather map drawn on some paper and present my report to my somewhat amused brothers.
Like millions of readers, I would lose myself in the inexhaustible wonder, invention and delight of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude. His long sinuous Faulknerian sentence possessed a sensuous lyrical vision as well. Those sentences breathed with the sights, sounds and odors of Latin America. I’ve read the novel at least five or six times.
(This was delivered as a talk at “Readers and Writers Celebrate Literacy” Fundraising Dinner for Second Start, Oakland Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program, at the Oakland Museum, in September 1993. At the time I was an adjunct professor of English and Ethnic Studies at California College of Arts. It was previously unpublished).
It's finally here. "Welcome to Postwar USA" see the light of day tomorrow when I release it at Burt's Tiki Lounge (313 gold SE), with The booty green and my band, Vertigo Venus.
the facebook event is here:
I'm really excited about this, so I hope to see you…Continue
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On a Friday Ben Clarke and I spent the afternoon at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, looking at Dorothea Lange’s photographs of the World War II internment of Japanese Americans on the West Coast. In May 1997 Ben was the writer-in-residence for “Image and Imagination: Encounters with the Photography of Dorothea Lange,” facilitating writing workshops at the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library. I… Continue
My personal knowledge of folk music is a bit Wobbly, belabored by my own economic woes, very likely sidetracked by hitting… Continue
Now that we're finally coming out of our unseasonably hot streak, I can wander back into the garden for more than just the minutes it takes to water to keep the poor plants alive. I have a lot of first year plants that went in in the spring. So far, I have lost one lavender, one straightneck squash and one cat nip. The loss of the cat nip was mainly due to the attentions of the neighborhood cats. They literally loved it to… Continue
NOB HILL--We all really do love this city--but what makes this place so special? Oh I know there is the climate, mountains, and river, but what did the people here do that turned all those natural advantages into this bustling community? Just look at Bernalillo: same climate, same mountains, same river. However, the result has been completely different. Here is what I think are the five best ideas Albuquerque ever had.
This poem originally appeared in the legendary Chicago publication, Poetry. Because of that we can listen to Beeder read this short piece, as well as her introduction to it, on the Poetry Foundation website.
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As discoveries were made, pharmaceutical companies rose to the task of developing these compounds, ensuring safety and efficacy and mass-producing and marketing the medicines... As the 21st century begins, pharmaceutical companies are continuing the battle against humankind's ancient enemies and meeting new challenges. History of Pharmaceuticals.…
Yesterday I had the opportunity to fully invert my summer doldrums. Debra Landau was kind enough to give me a low flying trapeze lesson and let me try swinging, spinning, mounting, and getting upside-down in the AirDance Studio. I needed this. Last time I was upside-down was when I flipped my wheelchair, which I wrote about here....so this lesson in the… Continue