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Mind Leaping

Born in New York City and educated at the University of California, Berkeley, poet Arthur Sze has been a longtime resident of New Mexico. For many years, he has taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. His work is infused with, and inspirited by, the textures and colors of the New Mexican landscape and cultures. In Archipelago, Sze's poems hybridize the spirit of a Zen garden with native culture and other geographies, and the associations, analogues, correspondences and… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Of Ceremony and Story

Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko's 1977 novel, focuses upon a World War II Native American veteran Tayo's return to the Laguna Pueblo reservation in New Mexico, and his alienation from the pueblo culture as a person of mixed blood. The novel traces the protagonist's descent into alcoholism, self-contempt, and abrupt violence, and his eventual reintegration into the matrix of native culture through renewed ritual and ceremonial practices, and the agency… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Indwelling Spirit of the Desert

In Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather becomes a poet of the Southwestern land, light, and air: "These cloud formations seemed to be always there, however hot and blue the sky. Sometimes they were flat terraces, ledges of vapour; sometimes they were dome-shaped, or fantastic, like the tops of silvery pagodas, rising one above another, as if an oriental city lay directly behind the rock. The great tables of granite set down in an empty plain… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Unquiet Report from the Front

Unquiet Report from the Front

In the midst of The Great Recession and talk of a post-racial moment, Maisha Baton's volume of poems, "Sketches" arrives like a disquieting report from the front of America's inner cities with its urban moonscapes, "graffiti buildings" and those "lurking at the edges of the city's generosity." Divided into two sections, "Pittsburgh Sketches" and "Albuquerque Sketches" along with a final poem, "Gemini," the poet maps… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Morning Fix: Thursday Edition


Added by Ron Da Bomb on March 18, 2010 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Love’s in the Details: 7 Continents 9 Lives, by Fay Chiang

Love can be found in the fidelity to daily details in 7 Continents 9 Lives (Bowery Books 2010), by Fay Chiang, a genre-defying collection of poems, prose poems, journal entries and dramatic monologues that includes work from the poet’s previous two volumes published by Sunbury Press. It’s a brave, beautiful, compassionate, harrowing, imperfect and impossibly generous piece of work. Chiang, an activist in the multiethnic communities of New York City’s… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 17, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

All Creatures Great and Small (Except Starlings)

I got my marching orders in the form of a text message.

My wife asked if I could borrow the bb gun from a co-worker because she's had enough of the starlings in our back yard. It only took 12 years to reach the boiling point. Now, those of you who know me will understand that I could not take this task lightly. I have fired a gun once in my life. It was… Continue

Added by Masshole in Fringecrest on March 17, 2010 at 9:30am — 14 Comments

Morning Fix: Holiday Road


Added by Ron Da Bomb on March 17, 2010 at 6:30am — 13 Comments

Morning Fix: March Mildness


Added by Ron Da Bomb on March 16, 2010 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

oh home. oh, sweet, sweet home

Thank God, I'm home in Albuquerque again. I was only gone for 18 months, and in the past nine, I've come back for week to two-week visits almost every month. But still, it's good to be home. (Especially when home is 30 degrees warmer than where I'd been living.)

And because I finally have an internet connection at home (Thanks to the Flying Star downtown for putting up with all my lingering. Thanks to the Abq library branches for the same. And thanks seriously to Y&S for their… Continue

Added by Laura on March 15, 2010 at 5:26pm — 8 Comments

What I Saw Under the Freeway ...

Nope, you're not seeing things. He's in a Scooby-Doo costume.

Added by Alexis on March 15, 2010 at 3:30pm — 12 Comments

Albuquerqe Real Estate Update

The Albuquerque real estate market continues to make a steady upward climb. The numbers have just been released for February and they are very positive.

February saw 380 single-family detached home sales which was up 10.79% from February of 2009 and up 8.88% from January.

Pending home sales for single-family detached homes are up a whopping 46.98% from February 2009 and 5.27% from January.

The 200-249k price range was the top category with 57 closed sales of… Continue

Added by Kevin Ramos on March 15, 2010 at 1:35pm — No Comments

It's a Neighborly Day in this Beauty Wood

A few weeks ago I was getting my Morning Fix and clicked to a KOAT story about off duty police car use. The story was interesting, the first reader comment actually made me think, but three comments later it devolved into the usual local teevee forum rant. Just as I was about to go back to DCF, an HGTV story caught my eye - “… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on March 15, 2010 at 1:00pm — 14 Comments

How do Albuquerque REALTORS survive the worst real estate market in recent history?

Real estate Darwinism

Perspective: 2020 Re-Envision

By Inman News, Tuesday, March 2, 2010.

Inman NewsToday's brokers and agents who survive and lead us out of this current mess are going to be those most willing to change. They will share three key attributes: they will be the most competent in their craft, utilize all available technology, and be the most dedicated to customer service.

It seems like that should be the case today, but some, and perhaps a… Continue

Added by Kevin Ramos on March 15, 2010 at 10:08am — No Comments

Morning Fix: Cherry and Silver Edition

We're Number Three!! We're number Three!!...Lobos go Grizzlies hunting.

And how about a little love for our neighbors down south.… Continue

Added by Ron Da Bomb on March 15, 2010 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gina Marie Marselle... As the Day Wore Into Itself

Sometimes the days pass slowly when you are a child. Gina Marie Marselle recalls such an afternoon with her mother. I am sure that many of the wonderful details of that time are now part of her own daughter's life. Some belong only to history...but nothing is left unnoticed.

Gina Marie Marselle is involved with the poetry slam scene, and coordinates the Open Space… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on March 14, 2010 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

Death Claims DCF Sunday Poet Todd Moore

The following email was forwarded to me by Lisa Gill on Friday.

Hi All.

Just heard from his son Theron that Todd Moore, our beloved 'Outlaw' poet, passed away this morning unexpectedly. No further information is available at this time and there are no plans as yet for a local memorial services.Theron says he will be buried in Northern Illinois.

Todd had a long and vibrant career as a writer and spoken word performer with…

Added by The DitchRider on March 14, 2010 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Duke City Satiddy:Springing Ahead

"When you woke up this morning everything you had was gone." OK, things are not as bad as those Sopranos era song lyrics, but there may have to be some extra coffees had this morning to remove the sting of last night's LOBOS loss to San Diego. It's truly not the end of the world in earth-quaking clarity, but Cinderella's NCAA slipper got a little tighter around the edges. And it hurts.

So how can… Continue

Added by Jeff Hartzer on March 13, 2010 at 9:00am — 3 Comments


Two items of interest on a glorious Albuquerque afternoon after a morning of snowage...

UNO:The UNM Lobos beat their first opponent in the Mountain West Conference Tourney (Las Vegas, Nevada)...They beat the Air Force Academy.

DOS:Finally there's something I can do with my Twitter Account...Which is get the latest TWEETS by the Albuquerque Police Department...oooh.

Added by Jeff Hartzer on March 11, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Weekend Getaway to Ojo Caliente

One of the great advantages of living in Albuquerque is how you can mix and match road trips, getaways and vacations into a uniquely New Mexico experience. Last weekend, a group of friends and I hit to road going north for a weekend escape that involved historic adobe architecture, a spa, hot springs, hiking, a taco stand, mimosas and the exploration of pueblo ruins. All of this took place just a little over two hours away from our fair city. It could… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on March 11, 2010 at 10:18am — 2 Comments

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