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The Sunday Poet: Mark Fleisher

As one of our distinguished war poets, Mark Fleisher”s life story of serving in Viet Nam, getting his education, becoming a poet, reuniting with his long lost love and winding up happily together in Albuquerque is volumes of poetry in the making. He discovered our wonderful literary community a few…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 26, 2017 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poet: Debbi Brody

I first met Debbi at the Fixed & Free bike shop where the new bike shop owner, Sam, graciously shared his space and let us have monthly readings, the name of his shop and the forms of poems so happily entwined.  Debbi’s work caught my attention then with themes so primal and relevant, au…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 19, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Sunday Poet: John Egbert

I’ve known John since his two daughters and my two daughters were in Monte Vista Elementary together. Now we’re both grandparents, retired, and meeting again in the poetry world. As you will see, John is an environmentalist by nature and perhaps, at some time, professionally, though I knew him to be…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 12, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Sunday Poem: Linda Whittenberg (March 5, 2017)

Linda is a Unitarian Universalist minister, retired back to Santa Fe after serving congregations in other parts of the country. My poet friends Jane Lipman and Janet Eigner suggested she send me poems.…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 5, 2017 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem in Memoriam for Carol Lewis

I first set eyes on Carol at the Harwood Art Center, ages ago. She was walking between the rows of poets there for a reading, slowly and deliberately handing out copies of The Rag.  I was impressed and wanted to be published by this woman with the lightening-blue eyes.

            Carol sent…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 26, 2017 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poet: Jane Lipman

Jane's conversations and  poems bring listeners to a plethora of places, a potpourri of people. Jane's gift of vivid imagery puts us into her shoes, wherever she is standing, whatever she is experiencing.  Her personal abundance and incisive wit promise a transportation to other times, other lands, encounters…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 19, 2017 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Tanaya Winder

I am pleased that poet Tanaya Winder responded to a recent shout out to send me some new stuff, something edgy, risky, or even unfinished. This new draft of the love poem is perfect for a turbulent Valentines week.   Tanaya's poem speaks  truths about love, and her Ted Talk linked below, about love shared as…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 12, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Sunday Poem: Richard Wolfson

Richard Wolfson is a man with an unusually quiet voice, his words soft as the last edges of sea foam curling up a Santa Monica beach; he  writes imagist/etheral poems and does stand-up comedy. The inimitable and honorable poet Tony Hoagland referred to Richard's work as "vaticinal," implying that…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 5, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Sunday Poem for Rhiannon Finch, RIP, January 24, 2017. Poem by Rich B. 2013

You will be missed, sweet Rhiannon.

 

It was a beautiful day. Rich had happened on a light-filled room, comfortably filled with family and friends. The singer, the Norse minister who had made bread for us to pass to each…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 29, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Sunday Poem: Late breaking from Megan Baldridge

I'm interrupting the regular progression of things due to special times, special events, if you get my drift. Poet Katrina Guarascio did a fabulous performance of her recently posted Wonder Woman poem to a crowd of possibly 3000+ at Civic Plaza TODAY. 2.5 million marchers gathered to peacefully share the love…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 22, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Sunday Poem: Lauen Camp

Lauren Camp has the unusual talent of making music out of naming muscians and their papered notes. Her references gallop and buckle like a rodeo pony, shaking reader/riders to the core. Her poems, astonishingly, are the instrument upon which Ms. Camp plays us a…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 15, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Sunday Poem: Katrina Guarascio

Katrina is inarguably a Wonder Woman. She teaches teenagers how to write poems and speak their hearts and minds on stages both locally and nationally.  And then she publishes their books, and she publishes her own and other poets. She has been castigated for her…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 8, 2017 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Larry Goodell

When I first heard Larry Goodell’s work, being an unconscious ageist, I boxed him up as “funny old dude.” Well, now I’m that age and he is exactly the same. The perennial poet who dares, who speaks truths and dresses them in funny hats if the mood takes him. He is a treasure…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 1, 2017 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Rich Boucher

I first met and listened to Rich Boucher several years ago at the upstairs venue over Sumner and Dean’s art gallery across from 516 Central. Those creaky wooden floors and stairs were a prelude to the delight of a new, new voice in town. Hearing whatever he read that evening was a game changer not…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 25, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Greg Candela

I first met Professor Greg Candela a decade or so ago when he taught a writing workshop at the Sunflower Festival in Mountainaire. The festive event that year included a class, an overnight at the historic hotel, and a picnic on the grounds the following day. All great fun for poets from far and…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 18, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Jules Nyquist

Jules has a poem about driving cross country from the east to the west—to aqui en Burque to be specific.  She found the East of Edith stage and hasn’t slowed down since.  Her signature venue  is Jules Poetry Playhouse (sic) LLC, now in a little casa on Granite St. NW between…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 11, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Sylvia Ramos

I first met Sylvia at Word Weavers, a small group of poets who allowed newbies in now and then.  Like the others in the group, Sylvia is devoted to editing and crafting original drafts, resulting in poems that deliver.  I hope she publishes a collection soon as she would add to the body of work about…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 4, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Sunday Poem: John Roche

I remember the Fixed and Free some several summers ago, I was a feature but there was this special poet in town and would I mind so very much giving him my feature spot? asked Billy the amazing Cookie-Making Poet.  And I did not mind, being curious like a Goddess poet may sometimes be. And voilá—there was…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 27, 2016 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Karin Bradberry

I met Karin years ago in the poetry scene, both of us English teachers who wrote poems.  Maybe the first time was at a workshop and poetry picnic, the Sunflower Festival at Mountainaire in and about the old Shafer Hotel.  Eventually, Karin and I took over the Rag after Carol Lewis had so…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 20, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Mary Dudley

Mary Dudley has a contagious enthusiasm welcome in times like these. Her focus on flowers, gardens, family and community is a light on a grey day. I see her smiling face every time I shop at the Growers Market and at any poetry venue that opens its doors and welcomes us.  Enjoy a little time in Mary's garden…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 13, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

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