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Morning Fix: There's a Girl on Planet X


Added by Somegye on May 4, 2009 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Idris Goodwin... The Boom

The Boom begs to be heard aloud: it is so crammed with fastball images and tricky rhythms. Well, I haven't got a video of The Boom, but I am embedding a video of Goodwin's What Is They Feedin' Our Kids as a kind of introduction to the poet's style. You will absolutely LOVE the video. And it gives you a starting point for the breakbeat poetics of The Boom.…


Added by The DitchRider on May 3, 2009 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Rattlesnake Encounter

It's easy to forget that we live in rattlesnake territory, but last night at the Petroglyphs I was reminded. I like to hike Rinconada Canyon at dusk when the gates are shut and other hikers are scarce. Friday night I hiked the trail and was lost in my thoughts (negative thoughts about my boss, actually) when I heard the most amazing 3-D sound. It literally sounded otherworldy -- I don't know if it bounced off the canyon walls or what, but it seemed to arrive from several directions at once and… Continue

Added by Mike English on May 2, 2009 at 4:27pm — 7 Comments

catgut strung violin

A young man prepares to go off to war. He says goodbye and promises to write his mother. The man—still just a boy--packs up his dreams, his ideals, his naïveté, and in this case, his violin, and boards the train that will take him into the theatre of war, with its absurdities, its bloody comedy, and its way of pushing its participants to the extremes of their individual humanity. It’s a scene that has been acted out countless times around the world in the past century, and it is brought now to… Continue

Added by Richard Malcolm on May 1, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Morning Fix: Maybe Not So Bad


Added by Somegye on May 1, 2009 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Heart of the City

I guess when most people think of "the heart of the city," they think of a vibrant downtown area. They certainly don't think of the mockery of downtownery* that Burque boasts. For me, the heart of our city is the Rio Grande bosque. (The Sandias are the lungs, downtown is the spleen, and Cottonwood Mall is the diseased colon.) There is something about having this natural area that is surrounded by development that is oddly comforting and therapeutic.… Continue

Added by Dick Chingadero on April 25, 2009 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

Read This If You Own A Car and Park It In Albuquerque

I want to tell you about something that happened to me. But first, let me frontload my sad tale with a giant dose of self-flagellation to ward off the criticism that I know I probably deserve.

I know that getting a parking ticket is bad and wrong and not paying that parking ticket is even badder and wronger. I was a bad and wrong person, specifically in the area of parking tickets. If my dad is correct, and getting parking tickets is a sign of bad character, then I am truly rotten and… Continue

Added by Tracy Dingmann on April 27, 2009 at 6:10pm — 30 Comments

Morning Fix: More of You-Know-What


Added by Somegye on April 30, 2009 at 5:30am — 7 Comments

36 students caught playing hooky.


In other news, the sun rises and it sets. WHY is this news?? Is it an election year for the police chief or some APS official?

Femlee continued. "...they are out there with their girlfriends. Who knows what they are doing out… Continue

Added by mistypilgrim on April 28, 2009 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

Morning Fix: Holing Up Inside Us


Added by Somegye on April 29, 2009 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

It's done Sprung

Yesterday I decided to ride my bike to work. I live up by Cibola high school, and work is in a little home office off of Rio Grande. It was a perfect day for riding, even on my old rat-bike cruiser.

So, this will sound fruity as hell, but it was, like, the first day of spring for me. The leaves had really all just said 'screw it',' and pushed on out to do their thing. Along Alameda, just east of Coors, there's a field that has horses and sheep. That morning, there were a half-dozen… Continue

Added by Dick Chingadero on April 28, 2009 at 8:01am — 5 Comments

The Online "Free Porch"

Back in the day, there was a porch we called, the free porch in the University Ghetto area, where you could leave things and pick things up...I found it to be so wonderful that I wrote a poem about it (see below)...This week I discovered the 21st Century version of the FREE PORCH online. It is called, FREECYCLE...Apparently, I am one of last on the planet to discover this, but if you haven't checked it out, there is an Albuquerque 'branch' of the organization...… Continue

Added by Jeff Hartzer on April 28, 2009 at 4:30pm — 18 Comments

The Cubero Adventures: Searching for Ernest Hemingway

CUBERO, NM--For the last couple of years I have been reading rumors about Ernest Hemingway writing a good part of The Old Man and the Sea in the tiny village of Cubero, New Mexico. The story is that Hemingway stayed at the Villa de Cubero Tourist Court in 1951 for anywhere from two weeks to two months. While there he wrote much of his short novel about an old fisherman. There are only a couple of sources for this, but over a dozen retellings of… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on April 28, 2009 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

Morning Fix: Going National


Added by Somegye on April 28, 2009 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

In Sun-Washed Country

It's seven in the morning (as I write this; I tend to dither over structure, get distracted by Boris wanting in my lap, and rise from this chair several times to fetch more coffee, so I might take ten minutes to finish one sentence. Discipline is not my strong suit) and I've got the 'phones on listening to pandora.com and having my morning espresso roast. Playing now is Weezer, "Island in the Sun". This is the opening paragraph, the "Good GODZ just get something on the screen!" paragraph. I… Continue

Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on April 26, 2009 at 12:45pm — 15 Comments

Morning Fix: Speak Up


Added by Somegye on April 27, 2009 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Zachary Kluckman... Tourniquet the Morning

It's 3:00 AM. Do you know where your muse is? Sometimes, all you can do is wait. The wee small hours of the morning (as the song goes) is when you miss her most of all.

Zach Kluckman's anthology of New Mexican poets, Earthships: A New Mecca Poetry Collection, was a finalist in the 2008 NM Book Awards. Past publications include the New York Quarterly,… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on April 26, 2009 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Morning Fix: Snowing Cotton


Added by Somegye on April 24, 2009 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

"Manny Aragon's name scrubbed..."

All I'm sayin' here, folks, is that it's always dangerous to honor people by naming things after them while they're still living.
At least after they die, they can't embarass you any more.
Or cost you money.

Added by mistypilgrim on April 23, 2009 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Morning Fix: The Few


Added by Somegye on April 23, 2009 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

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