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…
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…Continue
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, …Continue
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…
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…Continue
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