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