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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 — 6 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 — 8 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 — 6 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 — 12 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Julie Brokken... I Met Hafez

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."

 

Julie…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 25, 2011 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Birdie Jaworski... Found in the City Different

Not all is quaintness and charm in Santa Fe.  In the midst of it all, clues to an individual's struggle with life can still be seen.

 

Birdie Jaworski lived in Santa Fe and Las Vegas, NM before moving to Albuquerque.  Her memoir,…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 18, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Margaret Randall... Anniversary

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 11, 2011 at 8:05am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Sandra Vallie... talking fears such fears

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 4, 2011 at 8:47am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: William C. Hyland... Step Lightly

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 28, 2011 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Jules Nyquist... Hypnotizing Chickens

 

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 21, 2011 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Kenneth P. Gurney... On the Seventh Day

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 14, 2011 at 7:59am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Larry Goodell... Peace Envoy

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 7, 2011 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gail Miller... Nightfall

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,…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 31, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Richard Vargas... 13 angels rising

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 24, 2011 at 8:19am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Sharon Niederman... Wars Ago

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 17, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Harvena Richter (In Memorium)... Myths

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 10, 2011 at 7:44am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Margaret Randall... True Grit of Old 66

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 3, 2011 at 8:45am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gary Brower... Epistle from the Oregonians

This year the forces of nature are on everyone's mind.  We have seen just about every kind of natural disaster out there.  Placitas resident Gary Brower remembers living through another one.

 

Brower is the editor of Malpaís…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 26, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Susy Crandall... Cosmic Smudging (Or Living in New Mexico Burning)

  Even before scientists can put those forest fires into perspective, poets find ways to do it.  Here Susy Crandall makes sense of the world she sees and breathes.

 

I am practically a native New Mexican, been here since 1960, practice occupational…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 19, 2011 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Hakim Bellamy & Carlos Contreras... Welcome to the Mineshaft

How did hip-hop stray so far from a life we could celebrate?  So far from our hopes, our dreams, our future?  Ask these guys...Urban Verbs.

 

Urban Verbs is trying to eradicate the exclusivity of some factions within Hip-Hop…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 12, 2011 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

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