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The Sunday Poem: Gina Marselle

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The Sunday Poem: Hakim Bellamy

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The Sunday Poem: Liza Wolff-Francis

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The Sunday Poem: Jesus Lucero

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The Sunday Poem: Alanna Offield

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I am excited to be taking the…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 28, 2015 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Jon Knudsen

Jon Knudsen has done as much as anyone for poetry in our community. He started this Sunday Poem several years ago. It would be worth going back into The Duke City Fix’s files to rediscover how many poets he posted, how many poems he brought to a local and ever-broadening readership each Sunday…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 21, 2015 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Layli Long Soldier

I heard Layli Long Soldier read at Naropa’s Summer Writing Program in June, 2014. The impact of her work was immediate and tremendous. The following is an excerpt from Whereas, which is a response 

to the 2009 Congressional Resolution of Apology to Native Americans. It is longer than what…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 14, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Sunday Poem: Demetria Martinez

Demetria Martinez has been a prominent figure in New Mexico letters for many years. Her novel Mother Tongue has gone into many editions and been published in a number of other languages. Among her several books of poetry, my favorite is Breathing Between the Lines. Demetria also has an…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 7, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Valerie Martinez

Valerie Martínez honors The Sunday Poem with an excerpt from her book-length poem in progress, Count. The above portrait of Valerie is by Thomas Sayers Ellis, the snapshot below is one of hers.

 

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Between you and me, small distance, this little sea of…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 31, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Nick DePascal

I heard Nick DePascal read his poems at a West End Press event last year. A book of his had just been awarded one of the press's two publication prizes for 2014. I liked what I heard, and asked Nick to send something to The Sunday Poem. This is what he…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 24, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Enid Howarth

Enid Howarth is a familiar face around Albuquerque, at poetry readings, concerts, and other cultural venues. You might run into her at a local coffee shop or market, always a pleasant encounter. I had heard that Enid writes poetry, and has done so for many years. When I asked if she would send me some of her poems…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 17, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Dick Bakken

I first saw Dick Bakken perform at the Bisbee Poetry Festival in southern Arizona. It must have been in the late 1980s. He did a magical version of William Blake’s “Tyger Tyger” with a young autistic teenager. Both were magnificent. Three decades later Bakken came to Albuquerque and…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 10, 2015 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Carlos Contreras

Anyone who appreciates the sweet mix of good poetry, music and beer, appreciates Carlos Contreras’ efforts over the past few years to bring these delights into a single venue with his I’ll Drink to That performance series. He has staged these at a number of breweries and pubs across Albuquerque, creating…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 3, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Andrea Serrano

Not only an accomplished poet, Andrea Serrano is also a tireless cultural promoter in our area. Her spirit and energy have promoted many young new voices. We all remember her wonderful reading series at El Chante. This very week she is behind the Hembras de Pluma events, part of the National Hispanic…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 26, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Richard Oyama

Richard Oyama’s unique voice has long sounded in our poetry community. His years of teaching inform some of his best poems. I love the way this poet’s work moves between the ordinary and extraordinary, how he pulls from his acute observation of everyday events material that take us to the core of…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 19, 2015 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Damien Flores

I heard Damien Flores read this poem at the fabulous March 7, 2015 benefit reading hosted by New Mexico’s Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice. It brought down the house. I asked Damien if I could use his work in The Sunday Poem, and was thrilled when he sent me the same poem. He read it again at…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 12, 2015 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: John Macker...

John Macker was born in Newport Beach, California and raised in Denver, where he attended Catholic school. He graduated from the Univ. of Missouri and attended Naropa Institute in Boulder in his early twenties, where he studied poetics under Gregory Corso. After 20 years living in a restored roadhouse…

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The Sunday Poem: Jessica Helen Lopez

Jessica Helen López is Albuquerque’s second poet laureate, having assumed that two-year post just a few months ago. She is a vibrant presence on the city’s poetry scene, and is reaching out internationally as well; she represented US poets at Nicaragua’s 2015 Poetry Festival in Granada. Both…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 29, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Don McIver

Don McIver is a familiar face around Albuquerque’s poetry venues. He reads his own work frequently, and curates the work of others for Sunday Chatter. The following 5-part poem started as separate poems. Don told me I could chop them up if I wanted, but I prefer to present them as he sent them to me:…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 22, 2015 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Doug Dunston

Doug Dunston lives in Albuquerque and teaches at New Mexico Tech in Socorro. His creativity is multiple and often unexpected. In 2014 he self-published a small book called Practical Creativity: 33 Meditations. Meditations or poems, the brief texts drew me. I read and reread them. In fact I found…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 15, 2015 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

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