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The Sunday Poem: Lauren Camp...

Lauren Camp lives just south of Santa Fe, but frequently performs in Albuquerque. She is an artist of many talents, combining her poetry and workshop teaching with visual art and a weekly jazz and poetry program, “Audio Saucepan,” on Santa Fe Public Radio. Her fabric pieces in homage to some of the…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 16, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Hakim Bellamy . . .

The Days of the Dead have become almost as much of a yearly ritual in Albuquerque as they are south of the border in Mexico. The city’s annual Day of the Dead Parade attracts some ten thousand people. Often called The Day of the Dead (singular), this festival honoring death…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 9, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Anya Achtenberg . . .

Anya Achtenberg’s heart belongs to New Mexico—at least part of the time. She has lived here for extended periods, and we certainly think of her as one of us. As I post this blog, she has just moved back to Albuquerque, left her things, and taken off on one of her periodic trips on which she takes…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 2, 2014 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Tony Mares...

E. A. “Tony” Mares, beloved Albuquerque cultural figure, has long been a familiar face in our city’s classrooms and at our poetry venues, cultural conferences, and political rallies. His strong voice captures the deep concerns of our troubled times, often inserting them in a historical context that…

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Added by The DitchRider on October 26, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Pamela Nomura...

Pamela Nomura came to Hartford, Connecticut via Hawaii, and calls both home. Recently, she spent time in the Southwest, exploring Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, and the Chama Valley. She feels a deep identification with the ancient peoples who inhabited this landscape, and something tells me she will be…

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Added by The DitchRider on October 19, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Denise Bergman...

Denise Bergman lives in Massachusetts but has a connection to Albuquerque because her new poetry collection, A Woman In Pieces Crossed the Sea, won West End Press’s Patricia Clarke Smith Award and was published here in June. Those of us who knew Pat, know she would be pleased, and that she would…

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Added by The DitchRider on October 12, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: John Roche...

John Roche is a familiar face in Albuquerque ever since he and Jules Nyquist became a couple. He’d been here before, checking out the scene, but now we can happily count on a more steady presence. Rumor has it he is selling his house back east, and will move here when that’s happened. With a talent for linking cross-country…

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Added by The DitchRider on October 5, 2014 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem Jules Nyquist...

Jules Nyquist arrived in Albuquerque from Minneapolis just over three years ago. Almost immediately, she became a valuable member of our poetry community, not only with her own poems—which seem to get better all the time—but with her contributions to our cultural life in general. Jules’ Poetry Playhouse,…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 28, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem V.B. Price...

I could go on at great length about V.B. Price, his Hollywood childhood, many hats (all worn thoughtfully, successfully and elegantly), deep love for and knowledge of New Mexico, life in poetry, meaningful career in the best sort of journalism, and teacher of philosophy to many generations of students. I could try to…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 21, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

The sunday Poem Dee Cohen...

Dee Cohen is a familiar face at any Albuquerque poetry event, on the periphery taking pictures of other poets reading, as well as behind the microphone herself. She has also been doing something else with her camera: giving us a photo a week of some location in Albuquerque—helping us discover parts of…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 14, 2014 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem CAConrad...

Hearing CAConrad read is a magical experience, and unexpected. His persona is different, genial, kind, engaged. But his poems are powerful blasts of truth to which we can all relate. He is the author of seven books including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014),…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 7, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem Mitch Rayes...

I love Mitch Rayes’ work. Each time I have an opportunity to hear him read, I come away deeply fulfilled, and mystified as to why this excellent poet doesn’t yet have a published book. I especially appreciate how attuned he is to people’s speech, and how he incorporates that speech into what…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 31, 2014 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

The Sunday Poem Sawako Nakayasu...

I heard Sawako Nakayasu read at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program in Boulder this past June. I and everyone else in the audience were captivated by the hard-hitting poetry that contrasted with her quiet demeanor. This was the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics’ 40th…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 24, 2014 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Susan Sherman...

This week we bring you a poem by Susan Sherman. Susan lives in New York City, but is a frequent visitor to New…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 17, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Bryce Milligan...

For my second week curating this space, I'd like to introduce two poems by Bryce Milligan: poet, defender of the written word, singer/songwriter, book designer, editor and publisher, and one-time luthier . . . to list just a few of his talents. Bryce lives in San Antonio, Texas, but is well-known…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 10, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Richard Vargas... Two Poems, how it happens & i dream

Hello, Sunday Poetry readers, and the many new readers I hope this space will attract during my time as curator. For newcomers, the Duke City Fix’s Sunday Poem has been around for a while. It was started several years ago by Jon Knudsen, longtime Albuquerque columnist and poetry-lover. Founder and…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 3, 2014 at 7:30am — 10 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Rich Boucher... Divine By Accident

You're allowed to hazard a guess as to which religious or political leader this perverse love letter is aimed at.  I know I did.  Living or dead, past or present, or maybe a conglomeration of all of them...in any case, Rich Boucher aims his beam of ironic humor in their direction.  What is a bit unsettling,…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 27, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Larry Goodell... Screwballs of Infinity

Larry thinks all poetry is local. The place you are enters your voice and shapes your poems. He thinks poetry is alive and well but, like Alcoholics Anonymous, a helluva lot more people need its services. But poetry builds its own community of poet-publishers and eager listeners. You can't…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 20, 2014 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Julie Brokken . . . Old Walnut Tree

Old Walnut Tree

The old walnut tree still stands tall yet dying

down by the creek between the graveyard and my brother's house

still teaches lessons to its English Walnut children

the dead and anyone else patient enough to listen

A woodpecker tenders the gentle old soul …

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Added by The DitchRider on July 13, 2014 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Please . . . Bobby Byrd

Bobby & Lee Byrd

Please . . .

in memory of Wayne Crawford

Let me say that Wayne has gone away

Let me read his dead poet poems

Let me fry these other fish

Please let me stuff…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 6, 2014 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

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