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…Continue
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…Continue
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."
Birdie Jaworski lived in Santa Fe and Las Vegas, NM before moving to Albuquerque. Her memoir,…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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,…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
We received word that Albuquerque writer and poet Harvena Richter passed away this last week. She was 94. Ms. Richter was featured in The Sunday Poem series on the DCF in March of 2010. Her poems showed a…Continue
This is my favorite kind of post: an Albuquerque poem written by a great Albuquerque poet. Take a walk with Margaret Randall through the present and into the past. You just might meet yourself coming the other way.
A feminist poet, writer, photographer, and social activist, Margaret Randall has…Continue
Brower is the editor of Malpaís…Continue
I am practically a native New Mexican, been here since 1960, practice occupational…Continue
Urban Verbs is trying to eradicate the exclusivity of some factions within Hip-Hop…Continue
The Rapture on your mind? Maybe not the When of it, but the Why? To a young poet, "There was no hope unless there was a savior out in space somewhere coming for me." Tough times. Mary OIshi revisits where all that came from and what it meant.
From the back cover of her new book…Continue