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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 — 4 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 — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Mary Oishi...

Mary Oishi moved to Albuquerque on her birthday, January 3, 1999. It was the beginning of a new life, working at KUNM and joining Albuquerque's burgeoning poetry community. She has since performed in numerous venues from the NHCC and the KiMo and bookstores to the Railyards and protest rallies and…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 28, 2014 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Katrina Guarascio

Katrina Guarascio is an Albuquerque poet, well-known around town for the expressiveness of her voice and professionalism of her performances. Over the past month her name has been in the news for another reason: she was forced to resign from her very popular creative writing class at V. Sue…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 21, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Diane di Prima . . .

Diane di Prima is one of the few women to make it in the male world of Beat poetics back in the 1950s and ‘60s. Her poetry mixes stream-of-consciousness with attention to form and joins politics to spiritual practice. In an interview with Jacket magazine, di Prima spoke about her life as a…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 14, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Merimee Moffit...

Merimee Moffit is a familiar face around town, at poetry readings, other cultural events, and as a valued teacher. More than one young Albuquerque poet has credited Merimee with helping them find their voice. Merimee draws on profound experiences of womanhood, motherhood, and search for self, to…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 7, 2014 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Renato Rosaldo

I was introduced to Renato Rosaldo’s poetry by his marvelous book The Day of Shelly’s Death (Duke University Press, 2014). Without exaggeration, it is one of the most powerful collections I’ve read. I was thrilled to discover that Renato and his wife Mary Louise Pratt often spend months in…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 30, 2014 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gary Brower...

Gary Brower is a familiar face at almost any New Mexico poetry venue, and he also travels widely to read his work. We know him not only as a fine poet, but also as the editor of Malpais Review, an exciting local poetry journal that puts out quarterly issues of up to 300 pages and has moved far…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 23, 2014 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Lauren Camp...

Lauren Camp lives just south of Santa Fe, but frequently performs in Albuquerque. She is an artist of many talents, combining her poetry and workshop teaching with visual art and a weekly jazz and poetry program, “Audio Saucepan,” on Santa Fe Public Radio. Her fabric pieces in homage to some of the…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 16, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Hakim Bellamy . . .

The Days of the Dead have become almost as much of a yearly ritual in Albuquerque as they are south of the border in Mexico. The city’s annual Day of the Dead Parade attracts some ten thousand people. Often called The Day of the Dead (singular), this festival honoring death…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 9, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Anya Achtenberg . . .

Anya Achtenberg’s heart belongs to New Mexico—at least part of the time. She has lived here for extended periods, and we certainly think of her as one of us. As I post this blog, she has just moved back to Albuquerque, left her things, and taken off on one of her periodic trips on which she takes…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 2, 2014 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Tony Mares...

E. A. “Tony” Mares, beloved Albuquerque cultural figure, has long been a familiar face in our city’s classrooms and at our poetry venues, cultural conferences, and political rallies. His strong voice captures the deep concerns of our troubled times, often inserting them in a historical context that…

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Added by The DitchRider on October 26, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Pamela Nomura...

Pamela Nomura came to Hartford, Connecticut via Hawaii, and calls both home. Recently, she spent time in the Southwest, exploring Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, and the Chama Valley. She feels a deep identification with the ancient peoples who inhabited this landscape, and something tells me she will be…

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Added by The DitchRider on October 19, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

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