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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 — 2 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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Added by The DitchRider on April 5, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

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

The Sunday Poem: Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman is one of this country’s poetic treasures. Hearing her read is unforgettable. Anne comes out of the New York City beat renaissance of the 1970s, where she was close to Allen Ginsberg and others. She traveled to India with Ginsberg, and joined with him in founding the Jack Kerouac School of…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 8, 2015 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Rich Boucher

Rich Boucher (first name common enough, last name enduring a variety of pronunciations, even from those who know him) is a familiar face on the Albuquerque poetry scene. With his unique personality, dark humor, “noir” aura, and engaging stage presence, he has carved a beloved place for himself in all…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 1, 2015 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Lisa Birman

Lisa Birman is one of those people who exudes sensibility, creativity, and originality. I met her about a decade ago, when I began going to Boulder—where she lives—to teach at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program. Lisa ran the program for many years, and still teaches one of its MFA classes. She…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 22, 2015 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Tani Arness

Tani Arness's poems stay with you. The poet's quiet voice suddenly takes a dramatic turn. I am so pleased to present these…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 15, 2015 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Erika Wurth

I was surprised, one Sunday in September, to hear Erika Wurth read a short story to the rapt audience. She read wonderfully. Nothing surprising about any of it, really. Just that I had heard Erika’s name and noted a number of her readings around town, but had never been able to attend any. She was dynamic…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 8, 2015 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Michael C. Ford

Michael C. Ford, frequent visitor to Albuquerque, was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1939. He moved with his parents to Pasadena, California just as World War II was ending. His work has reflected the best of US pop culture throughout the seventies, eighties, and beyond. In the mid to late 1970s, he…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 1, 2015 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Renny Golden

I knew about Renny Golden long before we met. I had read her first poetry collection, back in the 1980s, because the other poet with whom she collaborated on that book had a daughter who was a good friend of my youngest daughter—the intergenerational webs that encircled and uplifted us back then. As…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 25, 2015 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Joanne Bodin

Joanne Bodin has been active on the Albuquerque poetry scene for several years. She is a woman of many talents: a retired special education teacher, mean jazz pianist, grower of prize orchids, and novelist as well as a poet. She is also active in organizing local cultural event. Joanne’s work often focuses…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 18, 2015 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Hettie Jones...

I remember Hettie Jones from the New York poetry scene of the late 1950s and early ‘60’s. We were a handful of women back then, among a roster of male poets. Best known for How I Became Hettie Jones, her memoir of the “beat scene” of the fifties and sixties, Jones is the author of 23 books for children…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 11, 2015 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Larry Goodell

I met Larry Goodell in 1964, when I lived in Mexico and he visited. Later I came up to read in Placitas, in what has since evolved into the extremely successful Duende Poetry Series at the Winery in that village north of the city. Larry was a stalwart in the poetry world then, and continues to be.…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 4, 2015 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

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