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The Sunday Poem: John Roche... 3 Poems from Road Ghosts (ALBUQUERQUE BURNING)

A year ago SoyJames started a very lively discussion about the Albuquerque riots in 1971.  He found these photos.  If you lived here at that time you certainly remember at…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 8, 2011 at 8:00am — 13 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Lisa Gill... Two Poems from Caput Nili

Living isn't for cowards!  And documenting a difficult life isn't for those without a sense of humor.  These two poems detail what happens when the poet has self-diagnosed an incredibly serious condition, Multiple Sclerosis, but can't get her doctors to test for it.  And even that wasn't the full…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 1, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Robert Masterson... Stealing Cars for Kelly Ashner

Ever tried to impress your fantasy girl?  The poet thinks back a few decades to when Albuquerque's used car lot owners were huge celebrities and Masterson entertained those sorts of dreams.  Actually, this sounds a lot like somebody who could be on television today.



Currently an English professor at…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 24, 2011 at 9:17am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Elaine Schwartz... El Flautista

Some of the most memorable poems in the English language have been written about paintings.  A painting by Remedios Varo is the subject of Elaine Schwartz's poem by the same name, El Flautista.  Varo, whose paintings are instantly… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on April 17, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Mark Justice Hinton... Whispering, "Rain!"

Rain is on everyone's mind.  In this poem Mark Justice Hinton walks and listens among the cottonwoods that make up the Rio Grande Bosque.

April is National Poetry Month and for the second year in a row HInton is writing a daily poem.  They are available to be read (and heard) on his famous…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 10, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Brendan Constatine & Peggy Dobreer... Cold Reading, across the ribs of red canyon

Even "the guerrilla fighter of poets" can end up teaching in a classroom.  Brendan Constatine is currently reading in Albuquerque with fellow Southern California poet Peggy Dobreer.  Constatine writes, "I'm honored to be a guest in NM, a place with such a rich tradition of art. Honestly…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 3, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Richard Vargas... not what we had in mind



It's tax season again, a time filled with meaning for both the employed and those who are not.  Richard Vargas continues to explore the American dream.

 

Vargas graduated from UNM's Creative Writing program in December 2010, and was awarded his MFA with distinction.  He just edited…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 27, 2011 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Stewart S. Warren... Space Kindly

Not all the news is bad.  If you have been afraid to turn on your TV recently, you will appreciate this timely poem from Stewart S. Warren about the recent and final voyage of the space shuttle Discovery.  The poet adds, "…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 20, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Tanaya Winder... The Impermanence of Human Sculptures

The amazing Tanaya Winder looks at life itself...as well as art.  This wonderful piece tackles the twist of time with both courage and brilliance.

 

I come from the Duckwater Shoshone and Southern Ute nations. I was raised on the Southern Ute Indian reservation in southern Colorado; I consider…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 13, 2011 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Sari Krosinsky... Election Day Memorial, 1984

There seems to be no telling what parts of our past stay with us...but we take what we need and forget the rest.  Here poet Sari Krosinsky relives a few moments in a car on election day 1984.

 

Sari Krosinsky edits Fickle Muses, an online journal of mythic poetry and fiction. Her poems appear…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 6, 2011 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Idris Goodwin... Response #1

Idris Goodwin was one of the first poets ever featured on The Sunday Poem.  The work of this playwright, poet, and indie rapper has received praise from all quarters--including NPR and the New York Times.  His first book, THESE…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 27, 2011 at 7:42am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Renny Golden... 2 Poems, Nuevo Mexico & Geronimo

Nothing disappears in this dry Land of Enchantment.  As Renny Golden says in the opening lines of Nuevo Mexico, "The high desert is a dog with no sense of time."  This first poem is a kind of short preface to studying anything about New Mexico's history.  The second poem brings to life…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 20, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gabriella Duncan... Lemony Sunday Afternoon



Poetry belongs to all of us. And (I believe) when it ceases to hold a place in our hearts that is useful, it disappears from our culture. Many times writing a poem is just as helpful to an individual as reading one. Listen to Gabriella Duncan.



"I was raised in ALL FAITHS orphanage and… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on February 13, 2011 at 7:46am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Zachary Kluckman... Scrapbook for the Lonely

Zachary Kluckman wanders through this verbal collage dripping images like paint from a twirling brush.  After it is done, all one can say is, "Man, that was so good!"



Poetry activist Zach Kluckman has a brand new project.  He and Sal Treppiedi are organizing a poetry festival as part of Albuquerque's… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on February 6, 2011 at 7:46am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Margaret Randall... Something's Wrong with the Cornfields



It was just yesterday I was reading something about genetically modified alfalfa. Alfalfa! Even a century is too short to measure the ultimate results. Margaret Randall frames these issues in her own wise and artful way.



Margaret Randall has published more than 80 books.  The following…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 30, 2011 at 7:40am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Mary Oishi... i will smoke again before i die



Time to turn on your printer. And you might want to locate a couple of refrigerator magnets. Seriously.



Mary Oishi's first book of poetry, Spirit Birds They Told Me, is being celebrated at a Book Release Party/Birthday Bash next Saturday at the Outpost Performance Space. $20 admission… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on January 23, 2011 at 8:00am — 13 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Jeff Hartzer... Halfway Up the Hill



It happens all the time. Walking in the woods, you come across something abandoned...and suddenly your thoughts careen into a different direction.



Jeff Hartzer is a poet, writer, teacher, artist, and photographer who resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Debra Landau , and their… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on January 16, 2011 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Dee Cohen... The Part in Your Ex-Wife's Hair



Your husband and a video of his ex-wife stuffing a big holiday bird: well, it certainly sounds festive. Once again Dee Cohen slices off a chunk of life so real you can taste it.



Her work has been… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on January 9, 2011 at 7:39am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Merimee Moffitt... Dear Michael, Vallecitos, NM 1971



Nobody is better than Merimee Moffitt at taking the reader inside the heart of counter-culture New Mexico during the Vietnam War era. Immigration issues?  Try hundreds of long-hairs settling in the rural northern part of our state, refugees from a society whose president called them "punks." It wasn't pretty… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on January 2, 2011 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Stewart S. Warren... Coziness

Sometimes the last present under the tree is a real treasure. This little poem on the day after Christmas is absolutely perfect.



Stewart S. Warren, writer and performance poet, was born 1950 into the affluent southern society of Tulsa,…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 26, 2010 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

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