The DitchRider's Blog – July 2010 Archive (4)

The Sunday Poem: Stefi Weisburd... Field Trip to a Dangerous Mind

Stefi Weisburd volunteers at Explora, and this poem shows it. What a field trip! She is the author of two books, The Wind-Up Gods and Barefoot: Poems for Naked Feet. Her work has appeared in several national pubications, including American… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on July 25, 2010 at 7:33am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Amy Beeder... Captain Haddock vs. the PTA

This poem originally appeared in the legendary Chicago publication, Poetry. Because of that we can listen to Beeder read this short piece, as well as her introduction to it, on the Poetry Foundation website.

Amy Beeder teaches at UNM. Previously she was a human rights observer in Haiti and Suriname, and taught high school in West Africa. She… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on July 18, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Sunday Poem: David M. Johnson... Desert Notes

You are probably used to New Mexico's landscape of distant horizons and small surprises. But it does take some time to make sense of it...especially if you are from the midwest.

David Johnson retired from the University of New Mexico in 1999 after over thirty-three years of teaching creative writing, mythology, and world literature. His most recent book is Rebirth… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on July 11, 2010 at 8:40am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Cathy Arellano... End of an Affair May 14, 2010

On a most basic level, the new Arizona laws are not about immigration: they are about being Mexican. Or being a dark-skinned American. Somehow popular history assumes the former Europeans among us filled out the proper papers at Ellis Island. We tend to forget the rest of the story.

A new line seems to have been drawn in the sand. It is both political and deeply emotional. And, as Cathy Arellano says,

This is our border/ you might… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on July 4, 2010 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

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