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The Sunday Poem: Zachary Kluckman... Cars Become Metronomes in the Rain

Zachary Kluckman is a poet of many moods and colors…and just the right phrase for every one of them.



Zach Kluckman's anthology of New Mexican poets, Earthships: A New Mecca Poetry Collection, was a finalist in the 2008 NM Book Awards. Past publications include the New York Quarterly, Dos…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 26, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Karin Bradberry... Three Love Poems

In most parts of the country, by February everyone is tired of the gray, sunless skies and bitter cold mornings.  Valentine's Day could not come at a better time.  We are more than ready.  Maybe that's why I thought we could use three poems this morning.  They are better than a warm roll and a second cup…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 12, 2012 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Ungelbah Davila... Tropicana

The email said, "Like cheap hotel rooms?  I got a poem for ya DitchRider."  She was, of course, referring to Katherine Johnson-Ficklen's wonderful piece, …

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Added by The DitchRider on February 5, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Olivia Gatwood... Superbowl

Everybody knows what happens next Sunday!   Some will watch the it.  Some take the occasion to go for a hike.  In any case, Superbowl Sunday is just seven days away.  Arm yourself with this incredible piece by Olivia Gatwood.



Olivia has been a part of the Albuquerque Youth Slam team for…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 29, 2012 at 8:15am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Dee Cohen... Slouching Toward ABQ

Nothing reflects the inspiration of this weekly column more than this:  an Albuquerque poet writing about our own town.  Here the talented Dee Cohen, with all imaginable energy, muses how the Duke City has changed her.  This poem, and about a hundred more poetry gems, are available in…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 22, 2012 at 8:00am — 12 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Katherine Johnson-Ficklen... In a Hotel Room in Texas, Alone

There is being alone…and then there is being alone in a cheap hotel room.  Truth opens that door and wants to chat.



Katherine Johnson-Ficklen is a native New Mexican who took a six year hiatus in Boston. She puts her MFA to good use working as a…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 15, 2012 at 9:04am — 11 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Rich Boucher... Protest Is Over (If You Want It)



Rich Boucher continues to wander the streets blasting those six-guns of irony.  His take on the Occupy ABQ movement is bound to provoke thought and reaction.

A past member of five national poetry slam teams, Boucher moved to Albuquerque in 2008…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 8, 2012 at 8:45am — 12 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Don McIver... Swimming in Samsara

Do your plans for this new year include more exercise...maybe more time in the gym or laps in the pool?  Or does exercise bring up thoughts of monotonous hours that seem to drag on forever?  Fortunately for us, Don McIver has thought it through.  And by the way,…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 1, 2012 at 11:18am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Katarina K. Guarascio... Bus Station

Leaving someone behind is never easy.  Having someone leave you is even harder...especially in a public place like a bus station.  In this season of comings and goings, this poem echoes through the waiting rooms across America.

Katarina K. Guarascio's most recent book,…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 18, 2011 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Zachary Kluckman... A Harvest of Thunder Throated Blossoms

"Why read poetry?"  Now that's a question worth asking...especially in a column like this.  The exquisite passion of Zachary Kluckman in today's poem not only offers an explanation, it is itself an example of the joy of reading great works.

Kluckman is one of the…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 11, 2011 at 8:24am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Stewart S. Warren... The Palm of the Wind

It seems obvious that last week's 50 mph wind storm was not the wind the poet is talking about.  Still, wind is wind, and it will take whatever is left on the branch.

 

Stewart S. Warren remains committed to clean water issues.  Besides writing, he heads…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 4, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

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 — 6 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 — 6 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 — 6 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 — 5 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 — 5 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 — 7 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 — 5 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 — 11 Comments

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