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Sunday Poet: Janet Ruth

Well, this post is a bit late; it's a last but not least as I sit in a beautiful valley in Colorado; it's timely as we know all things change, even change itself. Jon and I aren't sure of what if anything will happen with the archives of the Ditchrider collected  over these abundant and tumultuous years. It…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 27, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Sunday Poetry Double Feature: Sylvia Ramos and Rich Vargas

A Double Feature:  Because the Fix is moving over to Facebook at the end of this month, last I heard, and I have three poets in the chute, I am giving readers a two-fer today.…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 20, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Sunday Poems: Faith Kaltenbach

Faith Kaltenbach  is a new voice in the neighborhood for me. She calls herself a student poet, but I'd say she's earned life credits.  Thank you, Faith!  Just in the knick of time to be among the last of years' worth of Sunday Poets. The Fix owners have given their notice.  At best I will publish…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 13, 2017 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Megan Baldrige: A New Mexican Considers Borders

Megan sent me her polished piece, quite original with three stanzas. I hope you enjoy; there are likely to be a few more published here (from various poets) in the near future. Albuquerque poets? Send me your ghazals, your tired villanelles . . . ”Give me . . .your poor, your huddled masses…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 6, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Sunday Poet: Havva Houshmand

I met Havva Houshmand when I started teaching at CNM in 2003. She was a goddess, gorgeous, elegant, dark wavy hair and a sweet Middle Eastern accent. There were always those who flocked around her to hear her take, her voice, her humor. Years later I traved to Zacatecas, Zacarteca, in Mexico with a handful of…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 30, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Sunday Poetry: Bill Nevins

Bill answered my request a while back (thank you, Bill), to help fill this space for poets, so wonderfully conceived by Jon Knudsen some several years back. Bill is back in Burque, now. I believe, after spending weeks up near Angel Fire. I had a narrow window and a gracious invitation, but the heat, the…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 22, 2017 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poet: Kathaman

Kathaman's rich mix of heat and heart seems about right for our pre-monsoon city scapes, campgrounds, roasting and resting chaotic summer. Is there one word for feeling a society on the precipice?  Enjoy these poems that read like abstract…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 16, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Sunday Poet: Greg Candela

When I asked Billy Brown to put out an all-call for Sunday Potes (please), Greg Candela responded immediately, always the consummate gentleman.  He was busy organizing and managing the Albuquerque Folk Festival which I've heard tell was a spectacular success.  This Renaissance man…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 9, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Sunday Poetry: Kristian Macaron

OK, so Kristian is a Facebook friend. We did meet somewhere, but my memory fails me. She is published by Swimming with Elephants, and her wandering poems are epic cataclysms of molten explosions, star twists and extravaganzas. She's quite persistent on the topic that minimizes our personal angst into mere…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 2, 2017 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poet: Andi Penner

Andi Penner’s presence has never been loud, competitive, in your face. I’ve never witnessed her slamming or spitting out poems laced with fire, venom, and regret.  Doesn’t mean she never did, just that, to me, she is a quieter type, a poet yoginni, a contemplative embracer of all things Land of…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 25, 2017 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poet: Joseph Somoza

Joe Somoza saw that I was publishing Glen Sorestad a couple of weeks ago and consequently sent me a few poems to enrich my geezer collection.(No offense as I too am a geezer.) I haven't met Joe, that I recall, though we may have published him in the Rag. I seem to have heard his name in our eclectic…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 18, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Sunday Poet: Jill Oglesby

The poet Jill Oglesby is not only a dog and a cat person, but when she reads her poems she's known to break into song, in Gaelic!

Jill’s selection of poems led me to a state of awareness that I new I’d been seeking but couldn’t quite…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 11, 2017 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poet: Michael C Ford

Michael C Ford hails from Hollywood, or thereabouts. He’s Southern California and movie star poetic. I think Richard Vargas brought him out to ‘Burque, and Michael took to the scene here, complimenting The Rag and other local endeavors making us feel discovered! Praised!  He came to my house for an…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 4, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Sunday Poet: Tina Carlson

I've been hearing Tina Carlson's name in the poetry community. Granted, it can take me a long time to pick up on the au currant.  She read a moving piece at the NHCC on International Women's Day, and my friend Georgia praises her work.  So lo and behold, Tina sent me some…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 28, 2017 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

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 — 2 Comments

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

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