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The Sunday Poet: Glen Sorestad

Glen is a Canadian poet who was a welcome surprise in my inbox last week.  He says he's been on the blog a couple of times, edited by different ditchriders.  Glen's poem "A Straightener of Nails," is a moving tribute to his father, reminiscent of the prose piece by Scott Russel Sanders' "An Inheritance of…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 21, 2017 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poet: Don McIver

I've known Don since the late 80s when I ventured out to one of the original poetry venues in search for inspiration for my poetry spewing self. Don was a teenager seemingly hanging out in a crowd of mostly male, loud funny and talented spoken word poets. I didn't come back for years, but when I did, with…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 14, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Sunday Poet: Bruce Holsapple

I asked Bruce about water in that lovely, dusty little town of Magdalena, and he said things were ok, and his place out of town had a running well.   Darn! Wish I'd bought that mansion with the sign hanging loose, the gate scritchy and the yard dry. (Not Bruce's) A dream house.  But so it goes. We are…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 7, 2017 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poet is silent 4/30/17. Check back 5/7/17.

The Ditchrider is off today due to emergencies.  She will return by next week. Please submit your work via submission guidelines.

 

The DitchRider’s Sunday Poem on Duke City Fix is accepting submissions of 3 to 5 of your favorite poems. Please send in a word…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 30, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Sunday Poet: Dante Berry

                                                                                                (Commanche Pony by Dante Berry)

bio in his own words:

 

Raised by an Italian mother and native New Mexican father, Dante was influenced by his religion, folk music and oral…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 23, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Sunday Poet: Gayle Lauradunn

At a get-together of poets, Gayle Lauradunn explained to me a little of her history.  I was at that time reading the work of Jack Gilbert, a former Yale Younger Poet Award recipient who had spent his life scratching out poems on a dirt farm in Greece. I remember Galye telling stories about Jack as her…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 16, 2017 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poet: Kate Padilla

I met Kate Padilla when we were both Word Weavers, a group of Albuquerque women poets who have since disbanded. Kate’s talent is true to W.C. Williams’s dictum “No ideas but in things.” Kate whittles her poems like the work of her oft mentioned blades. Her message isn’t sharp in a hurtful…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 9, 2017 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Mary McGinnis

What can I say about Mary McGinnis? I’ve been  fortunate to sit with her in a writing and dining group, happy to be in her aura of  infectious optimism, her joy in the creation of never-before-syntactically-linked phrases. She is a jewel of the desert, an arranger of desert jewels. I am so honored…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 2, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

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

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