How can a lamentation be so intriguing! This short piece ends with two of the more memorable lines in the English language. This a perfect Sunday morning poem.
Poet, erstwhile musician, writer, teacher, art guy, and Nob Hill denizen, I've been here since '81. I am a confirmed unbeatnik and Valley Rat. Write a poem a day, sing or play a little flute, or a… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on February 21, 2010 at 8:00am —
It may not have been the ideal relationship, Persephone
, having started with him kidnapping her to his subterranean mancave. What kind of Valentine's Day is this? Sari Krosinsky peels the pomegranate, tries the orange, and wonders who this man really is.
Sari Krosinsky received an M.A. in creative writing from the UNM.… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on February 14, 2010 at 9:30am —
Once called "The Aristophanes of the Piñon-Juniper Scrubland" performance poet Larry Goodell
has lived in Placitas for almost 50 years. He has published many local writers and is author of Firecracker Soup
, Out of Secrecy, The Mad New Mexican, and… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on February 7, 2010 at 8:00am —
Do your friends far away ever wonder why you are living in Albuquerque
? It is hard to explain to an outsider. This poem will make you smile as your head moves up, down, and sideways. It probably won't help your friends much.
Born in New York City, Oyama has a Master's degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He lives in NE Albuquerque.
Authors Note: In September 2009, at the invitation of Bob… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on January 31, 2010 at 8:00am —
Most of us have imagined the moment of our own death. But when Death comes calling, it is a 'come-as-you-are' affair...sometimes with a twist.
Sara Marie Ortiz, of Acoma Pueblo by way of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, reads at the Church of Beethoven. Her work has won numerous awards. Currently she is the assistant coach with the Spoken Word Team at the Santa Fe Indian School. She is also working on a couple of screenplays, one of which is about… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on January 24, 2010 at 8:00am —
A wood-burning cook stove is the total opposite of that funky electric Hotpoint you had in your first apartment. There are tricks to using one but once you know how, it becomes a partner in turning a cold room into a sweet-smelling, warm kitchen. No wonder they are passed down from generation to generation.
Georgia Santa-Maria is an Albuquerque native, born in the old purple brick St. Jo’s on Martin Luther King. Jewell Thompson, her 5th grade… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on January 17, 2010 at 7:30am —
The extraordinary Jessica Lopez reflects on "the ink blots and back ants" of love gone bad.
Jessica Helen Lopez is a Poetry and Creative Writing Teacher/NM History Instructor at Robert F. Kennedy Charter High School. She is a former member of 2006 and 2007 City of Albuquerque Slam Team and the 2008 National Champion UNM Lobo Slam Team. She is currently a member of the writing collective and performance troupe Mestizo… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on January 10, 2010 at 8:00am —
Albuquerque poet Maisha Baton died on December 27th of cancer. She had spent the last few months with her daughter and family in Pittsburgh, PA. She was 71.
Maisha was featured in the Duke City Fix on April 19th in The Sunday Poem series. In that poem, FROM SHIPROCK TO ALBUQUERQUE
, are the following lines:
And the only path open to us… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on January 5, 2010 at 8:00am —
Dick Cheney continues to insert himself into the current political debate. Poet Gary L. Brower has the former VP in his metaphoric sights as he focuses on a very real hunting trip. The Incident occurred on February 11, 2006, when then U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney shot Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old Texas attorney, while participating in a quail hunt. Both Cheney and Whittington called the incident an accident.
Gary Brower is one of the… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on January 3, 2010 at 7:30am —
poets are dangerous, but this poet is explosive. "Powder speaks; dirt is mute."
I'm starting to feel uncomfortable.
Amy Beeder is the author of Burn the Field
(Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, AGNI, Poetry Daily,
and The Nation
, among other journals. She teaches poetry at the University of New Mexico.
The Charges Are… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on December 27, 2009 at 8:00am —
Maria L. Leyba was born in The Women & Children's Hospital that once stood on Central & High. She was raised in Barelas where she still resides in her childhood home with her husband, Jerry. Presently she teaches preschool at A Child's Garden. She was born into a Mexican family of weavers & storytellers & has been writing all her life.
lighting fires in
Added by The DitchRider on December 20, 2009 at 8:00am —
She’s turning Debussy in G
into a sensual arrival of moments
What wonderful lines from The Lion in G
! But Kluckman's poem is itself a "sensual arrival of moments." So much so that I have appended a 1940 recording of Debussy's Quartet in G Minor, as a sort of sensual dessert for this Sunday morning delight.
Zach Kluckman's anthology of New Mexican poets, Earthships: A New Mecca Poetry Collection, was a finalist… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on December 13, 2009 at 7:00am —
Many of us have lost track of the Oracle of Delphi these last 3000 years. That doesn't mean she's been quiet. Historically she was consulted before all major decisions, like going to war.
Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque, NM. His work appears mostly on the web as he spends SASE and reading fee dollars on flowers for his lover. To learn more about Kenneth, visit… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on December 6, 2009 at 7:27am —
It is a nicer restaurant: tablecloths & steak knives. Over in the corner, a couple and their daughter sit quietly.
Jessica Helen Lopez is a Poetry and Creative Writing Teacher/NM History Instructor at Robert F. Kennedy Charter High School. She is a former member of 2006 and 2007 City of Albuquerque Slam Team and the 2008 National Champion UNM Lobo Slam Team. She is currently a member of the writing collective and performance troupe… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on November 29, 2009 at 8:00am —
A gun barrel, 70 words, 37 lines. This skinny poem looks like a coffin nail, a phallic gesture, a rush to death, or the passage of Time itself. But along its narrow length are 37 little framed pictures clicking by as you drop down the page.
"When I read a poem I want it to be something that could scalp me and leave me for dead. I want it to be suffused with the beauty of language and the power of murder. I want it to own me every time I… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on November 22, 2009 at 7:33am —
In his Seeds of Contemplation, Catholic monk Thomas Merton
wrote, "The purpose of a book of meditations is to teach you how to think and not to do your thinking for you."
Living alone in a trailer next to an alfalfa field, Lisa Gill wrote back. Red as a Lotus
consists of 100 poems dedicated to Merton, who died in 1968.
Like life,… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on November 15, 2009 at 7:00am —
It takes a special kind of poet to write a great poem about a bar. The only other ones that come to mind are The Shooting of Dan McGrew
and The Face on the Barroom Floor
. Hang on to your hats and ponytails! And watch out for flying shot glasses! For you… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on November 8, 2009 at 8:00am —
Irony and humor are not the tools of every poet. But here Rich Boucher wears them like six-guns in this look into American history and how it is viewed.
A past member of five national poetry slam teams (Team Worcester, MA 1995 & 1996, Team Washington, DC in 2001, Team Wilmington, DE in 2007 and Team Albuquerque, NM in 2008), Rich has published four chapbooks of poetry and for seven years hosted an open reading and slam in Newark,… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on November 1, 2009 at 7:30am —
The adventure that is Gaurav Rajen's life began in India where he was born. This look back to his native land tries to come to grips with what has to be one of the most complex countries on the face of the planet. Packed with emotions and vivid images, this poem both dances and broods.
A short second poem, Late Night Hells
I live in Albuquerque's NE heights. I am an engineer with a doctorate working on… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on October 25, 2009 at 7:29am —
Lies are just as entertaining as Truth. Just ask cable TV. Yet there are those moments when you can not only see what is true, you can smell it...taste it. Just ask Elaine Schwartz.
This wonderful piece awakens the hunger for truth in all of us.
Auntie Margaret’s Hungarian Pastry
If it weren’t true would Auntie Margaret’s blurry blue tattoo come into view as she lights the Sabbath candles, welcomes… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on October 18, 2009 at 8:00am —