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The Sunday Poem: Someone Else's Hair, by Sirena Rayes

Good morning and good Sunday, Albuquerque! Rich Boucher here, poet, desert compound prophet and DitchRider Guest Editrix for the month of June. I've given a lot of thought to how…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 17, 2012 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Two Poems by Benjamin Bormann

Here we are again, my friends, another Sunday and another installment of poetry! This is Guest Editrix Rich Boucher once more, still filling in for Jon and glad to see that things are…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 10, 2012 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Two Poems by Susan Sherman

Good morning, readers! This is Guest Editor Rich Boucher here, proud to fill in for Jon the month of June - I promise I won't break too many things, and I will clean up after myself! Promise!

Now, then....onward to the poetry.....

...we are gifted this morning with two poems by Susan Sherman, who will be giving a reading to celebrate the release of her book, "The Light that Puts an…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 3, 2012 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Brian Hendrickson... Turning between Two Skewed Horizons

What better place for a poet to try to reassemble the jagged memories of a past love than drunk on a busy street in Cancun?  This beautifully written piece taps into the timeless themes of both sides of the border.





Brian Hendrickson’s poetry has appeared in numerous print and online journals…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 27, 2012 at 8:01am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Tanaya Winder... Ten Little Indians

Tanaya Winder continues to amaze with wonderful poems of courage, sensitivity, and brilliance.  This morning's poem speaks to all of us…including about whether our stories on TV, movies, and music are seen as entertainment or recognized as a way young people learn how to become men and women, treating each…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 20, 2012 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Margaret Randall... Intimately Defeated

Dick Cheney does have a heart.  Doctors have seen it.  But the odd thing is, it isn't his.



 Albuquerque poet Margaret Randall has published more than 80 books.  Her reputation and influence extend worldwide.  And she contributes in many, many ways to the local poetry scene (including a faithful…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 13, 2012 at 8:09am — 11 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Rich Boucher... Almost Lost: Walking the Old Tukishima Trail through Albuquerque

The restless wit of Rich Boucher continues to explore our city.  “I think of this poem as an ambitious (hopefully successful) exercise in linguistic and cultural sleight-of-hand,” he writes.  “I hope you dig it.”   Forewarned, bring a shovel...maybe a flashlight.  Our future…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 6, 2012 at 9:07am — 12 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Kell Robertson (In Memorium)... Two Poems

Kell Robertson died last November in a small straw-bale cabin outside Santa Fe.  He was both…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 29, 2012 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Aileen O'Catherine... On What's Really Needed Nine Months After Your Debilitating Injury

This morning's post is all about April.    Aileen O'Catherine writes that today's piece is "a poem that I wrote for my young son about a year and a half ago. He had a very horrible injury and a long recovery. Fortunately, things are better now, in oh so many ways.



I have written…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 22, 2012 at 7:45am — 11 Comments

The Sunday Poem: ABQ Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy... Home Invasion

It was just over three years ago that Hakim Bellamy first appeared in The Sunday Poem series.  His love of the Duke City and New Mexico is so apparent in this piece that was published here at that time.  No wonder he was named Albuquerque's first poet laureate.  Congratulations, Hakim.  Congratulations are…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 15, 2012 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Sandra Valle... Postcard from Michigan

"I read Dee's poem this morning up in cold and gray Michigan and was moved, again, by what she wrote. And I missed New Mexico even more…"



New Mexico is like that.



"I moved to Albuquerque a year ago from Michigan. I've spent the last year getting settled, writing, and learning…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 8, 2012 at 8:24am — 8 Comments

The Sunday Poem: David Wilde... FRAC/KTAL#1

Well I got the email and attachment.  "Nice David!  Btw, is that a wrapper from a straw that you used?  And does that mean anything?"  He replied:

Jon.  Nice guess.  Its actually a teabag wrapper from the the Frontier which I generally write my poetry on the back of as well as making notes…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 1, 2012 at 8:00am — 14 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Merimee Moffitt... Love Letter to the Teachers of Arizona

We share so much with our neighbor to the west.  In fact Tucson is so like us in many ways it is considered something of a sister city.  Yet here we are...our very real differences as people revealed by the actions of the Governor of Arizona, the Sheriff of Maricopa County, and now the Tucson School Board.  What…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 25, 2012 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Don McIver... Damen Stop

This poem is about Chicago.  Ever wondered what living in a big city is like?  Read on.  Carl Sandburg absolutely loved Chicago.  To me, living there is one of those experiences remembered more fondly with 40 years of hindsight.   



Chicago has several subway/elevated lines.  I used to ride the…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 18, 2012 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Marilyn Stablein... The Poet's Couch

Have you been to Acequia Books on 4th St.?  This poem is so firmly rooted in that great place I can almost smell the books.  It is owned by Gary Wilkie, husband of our Sunday poet.  Not only that, today's poem pays tribute to…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 11, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Margaret Randall... Canary in the Mine 1

Last year, Arizona passed the controversial H.B. 2281, a bill banning school curriculum “designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.” Along with the bill, a number of ethnic studies books have been removed from school district shelves.  Some of those book are…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 4, 2012 at 8:01am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Zachary Kluckman... Cars Become Metronomes in the Rain

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 26, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Karin Bradberry... Three Love Poems

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 12, 2012 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Ungelbah Davila... Tropicana

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, …

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Added by The DitchRider on February 5, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Olivia Gatwood... Superbowl

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 29, 2012 at 8:15am — 4 Comments

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