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The Sunday Poem: Renny Golden

I knew about Renny Golden long before we met. I had read her first poetry collection, back in the 1980s, because the other poet with whom she collaborated on that book had a daughter who was a good friend of my youngest daughter—the intergenerational webs that encircled and uplifted us back then. As…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 25, 2015 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Joanne Bodin

Joanne Bodin has been active on the Albuquerque poetry scene for several years. She is a woman of many talents: a retired special education teacher, mean jazz pianist, grower of prize orchids, and novelist as well as a poet. She is also active in organizing local cultural event. Joanne’s work often focuses…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 18, 2015 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Hettie Jones...

I remember Hettie Jones from the New York poetry scene of the late 1950s and early ‘60’s. We were a handful of women back then, among a roster of male poets. Best known for How I Became Hettie Jones, her memoir of the “beat scene” of the fifties and sixties, Jones is the author of 23 books for children…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 11, 2015 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Larry Goodell

I met Larry Goodell in 1964, when I lived in Mexico and he visited. Later I came up to read in Placitas, in what has since evolved into the extremely successful Duende Poetry Series at the Winery in that village north of the city. Larry was a stalwart in the poetry world then, and continues to be.…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 4, 2015 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Mary Oishi...

Mary Oishi moved to Albuquerque on her birthday, January 3, 1999. It was the beginning of a new life, working at KUNM and joining Albuquerque's burgeoning poetry community. She has since performed in numerous venues from the NHCC and the KiMo and bookstores to the Railyards and protest rallies and…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 28, 2014 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Katrina Guarascio

Katrina Guarascio is an Albuquerque poet, well-known around town for the expressiveness of her voice and professionalism of her performances. Over the past month her name has been in the news for another reason: she was forced to resign from her very popular creative writing class at V. Sue…

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

The Sunday Poem: Diane di Prima . . .

Diane di Prima is one of the few women to make it in the male world of Beat poetics back in the 1950s and ‘60s. Her poetry mixes stream-of-consciousness with attention to form and joins politics to spiritual practice. In an interview with Jacket magazine, di Prima spoke about her life as a…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 14, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Merimee Moffit...

Merimee Moffit is a familiar face around town, at poetry readings, other cultural events, and as a valued teacher. More than one young Albuquerque poet has credited Merimee with helping them find their voice. Merimee draws on profound experiences of womanhood, motherhood, and search for self, to…

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

The Sunday Poem: Renato Rosaldo

I was introduced to Renato Rosaldo’s poetry by his marvelous book The Day of Shelly’s Death (Duke University Press, 2014). Without exaggeration, it is one of the most powerful collections I’ve read. I was thrilled to discover that Renato and his wife Mary Louise Pratt often spend months in…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 30, 2014 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gary Brower...

Gary Brower is a familiar face at almost any New Mexico poetry venue, and he also travels widely to read his work. We know him not only as a fine poet, but also as the editor of Malpais Review, an exciting local poetry journal that puts out quarterly issues of up to 300 pages and has moved far…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 23, 2014 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

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 — 3 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

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