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The Sunday Poem: Gina Marselle... Neptune

"Where the hell are all the stars?" asks our mountain.  Sometimes the landscape has all the answers, sometimes not.  But that is where we look..

 

Gina Marselle teaches English and reads her poetry at local coffee shops and art galleries.  Earlier this summer she was featured…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 27, 2011 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Elaine Schwartz... In a storage room at the Smithsonian

Elaine Schwartz finds her brilliant images in the dusty boxes of a storage room.  The fierce truth of her thought contrasts with the orderliness of these stanzas...stacked in the corner of this…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 20, 2011 at 8:03am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Erin Northern... Silent Sundays

Well, it's Sunday: church, a drive, dinner with the family. This wonderful piece captures the feeling of living out your Sundays in the midwest and then sorting everything out from a spot on the mighty mesas of New Mexico.

 

Albuquerque poet Erin Northern is the co-organizer and host…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 13, 2011 at 7:22am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: David Wilde... Dia de los Muertos

Who has not seen David Wilde roaming the streets and coffee houses of Nob Hill with a sheaf of papers and a smile?  Who has not noticed the bottle of malt vinegar on his table?  This former academician from the United Kingdom is a Central Ave. boulevardier of the first order and, according to the…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 6, 2011 at 7:36am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Mark Weber... Violins for your Journey

This short piece with its ironic kick at the end is from the wonderful…

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Added by The DitchRider on October 30, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Kenneth P. Gurney... Enlarging the Day

If you can write a good love poem you are already walking in a smiling world.  This poem is packed with so many images the reader is sure to find one that touches his or her heart.  My favorite is, "the picture I drew on a cafe napkin / of your lovely face eating strawberries."  But the fact of the matter…

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Added by The DitchRider on October 23, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Katarina K. Guarascio... Poetry Didn't Save My Life

There is no getting around how deeply involved a poet gets with his or her own muse.  It is always a passionate yet respectful relationship.

 

Katarina K. Guarascio is the author of two chapbooks of poetry and two book length publications, A Scattering of Imperfections, and newly…

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Added by The DitchRider on October 16, 2011 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Stewart S. Warren... Santa Barbara Canyon in Autumn Rain

Even the title of this poem is full of Enchantment.  Santa Barbara Canyon is on the north side of the Pecos Wilderness and is much loved by those who have been there.  And this morning as I post this piece while sitting in the lobby of the El Pueblo Lodge in Taos...well, let's just say that under the dusting of…

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Added by The DitchRider on October 9, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Barbara Byers... You may fall.

I have fallen so many times...and in so many ways.  Once while riding my bicycle across Kansas, on a windless day with a flat road and no traffic, I rode my bike and trailer right into a deep ditch.  It was one painful fall in a life full of them.  This poem captures all that…

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Added by The DitchRider on October 2, 2011 at 8:00am — 12 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Julie Brokken... I Met Hafez

Strange things happen on the road.  Unforgettable things.  It is one of the great themes of literature.  "I Met Hafez was inspired by actually having a flat tire as described and meeting a young man named Hafez who stopped to help me...sometimes the cosmos just hands you one."

 

Julie…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 25, 2011 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Birdie Jaworski... Found in the City Different

Not all is quaintness and charm in Santa Fe.  In the midst of it all, clues to an individual's struggle with life can still be seen.

 

Birdie Jaworski lived in Santa Fe and Las Vegas, NM before moving to Albuquerque.  Her memoir,…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 18, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Margaret Randall... Anniversary

Very few events are known solely by their dates.  Today is the tenth anniversary of one of them.  9-11 shaped the last decade.  And yet, as Margaret Randall concludes, "We who so loudly proclaim we are above the fray / stagger in pits of danger still."

 

 Albuquerque poet Margaret…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 11, 2011 at 8:05am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Sandra Vallie... talking fears such fears

Everyone knows you can't go home again.  But we do.  For most, there may be a little sadness mixed in with those memories. Others deal with it as best they can. But in the end, maybe the advice in the last line of this poem is the best.   

 

I moved to Albuquerque a year ago from…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 4, 2011 at 8:47am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: William C. Hyland... Step Lightly

Hemingway once said, "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."  That is exactly the way many of us think about being in New Mexico's wilderness.  You take it with you…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 28, 2011 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Jules Nyquist... Hypnotizing Chickens

 

In a poem full of startling images, a quiet line in this poem captures the story of so many of us.  We may wonder about who is really being hypnotized here, but "He missed the war that was meant for him." just leaps from the page.  Welcome, Jules, to the Land of Enchantment.  She…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 21, 2011 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Kenneth P. Gurney... On the Seventh Day

How could God, with His busy schedule, find time to rest on the seventh day?  Maybe in a less populated world He didn't have as much to think about.

 

Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque with his beloved Dianne.  For Kenneth's full bio, publication notes and available…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 14, 2011 at 7:59am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Larry Goodell... Peace Envoy

America was founded on the strength of an idea, not our military might.  Our first 'warriors' were pamphleteers.  In today's world Larry Goodell looks at our strengths once more...and answers the question, "Is poetry worth writing?"

 

Once called "The Aristophanes of the Piñon-Juniper…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 7, 2011 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gail Miller... Nightfall

How much can a poet pack into 7 lines?  Well, how many moments make a day?  How many eyeblinks in a life?  You will love to read this piece more than once...smiling all the while.

 

Nob Hill resident Gail Miller writes mostly fiction. This summer she is reading Tristram Shandy,…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 31, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Richard Vargas... 13 angels rising

No one comments more on news of the day than Albuquerque poet Richard Vargas.  He is always on duty.  And the recent headlines about prostitution have not gone unnoticed.

 

Vargas recently won the 2011 Hispanic Writers Award at…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 24, 2011 at 8:19am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Sharon Niederman... Wars Ago

Sharon Niederman writes, "The Muse wears many disguises.  For years I have seen the same street person walking up and down Central Ave.; in winter, she wraps herself in a tattered blanket, and in summer her face is deeply sunburnt. I try to give her money every chance I get, but sometimes…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 17, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

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