The DitchRider's Blog – March 2009 Archive (5)

The Sunday Poem: Elaine Schwartz... Pilgrimage

Just reading this powerful piece is itself a "Pilgrimage"...a search for meaning, for significance. This poem has eyes. It sees beyond headlines. It caresses the human face of Truth. It will follow you home.





Albuquerque poet Elaine G. Schwartz lives with her husband, Daniel, and Purr’l the Postmodern Pussy Cat. Her work, best described as a tapestry of place and political imagination, has appeared in numerous publications including… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on March 29, 2009 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Merimee Moffitt... Three-Bucket Bath

Called "hippies" by a nation embroiled in war and inter-generational conflict, much of young America took to the road searching for a more compassionate, peaceful, and authentic way of life. Many came to New Mexico. And many stayed. That story shines through brilliantly in "Three-Bucket Bath." The poem brings a smile to my lips and tears to my eyes.



Merimee Moffitt left the Pacific Northwest in May 1970 in a shiny green Chrysler with two… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on March 22, 2009 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Hakim Bellamy... Home Invasion

"Home Invasion" is a love poem to the wonders of the city and countryside that stole his heart. Now how can Hollywood compete with that?



Hakim Bellamy is a two-time National Champion in the Poetry Slam scene. He was a member of the 2005 National Poetry Slam Champs Team Albuquerque in his first year of poetry slam. The following year he was a member of the 2006 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational Champs Team UNM. He has won the City… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on March 15, 2009 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Lisa Gill... Shooting Up to Shostakovich

Lisa Gill is the author of two books of poetry, Red as a Lotus: Letters to a Dead Trappist (dedicated to Thomas Merton) and Mortar & Pestle (about medicinal herbs). A third book, titled "Caput Nili: How I won the war and lost my taste for oranges" is forthcoming from Burning Books. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at UNM, with a dual concentration in poetry and creative nonfiction.… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on March 8, 2009 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Damien Flores... Ruins of Tiguex Pueblo

Damien Flores hails from right here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was a member of the 2004, 2006, and 2008 ABQ Poetry Slam Teams as well as the '06 &'08 National Champion University of New Mexico Slam Teams.



He is the 2008 ABQ-Slams City Champion and his two books are titled, "A Novena of Mud" and "El Cuento de Juana Henrieta," published by Destructible Heart and Culture Lab Presses.



Damien was named "Poet of the… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on March 1, 2009 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

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