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The Sunday Poem: Merimee Moffitt...A Poem to My Teaching Career

Good morning to you, Duke City! Rich Boucher here. Tired but ready. Always ready, even if I'm not ready. What did you…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 18, 2013 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Don McIver...Suite: Matrilineal Apologia

Good morning to you, Albuquerque! Rich here, still plugging away at existence and poetry and performing and work and blood pressure and work and poetry and existence and getting up at this time of the morning on a Sunday and whoa and…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 11, 2013 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Shira Erlichman...Being That the World is Only This

Greetings and salutations, Albuquerque! Rich here, bleary and tired and unbleary, and untired and happy to see you all! It's been a busy weekend, and I'm glad for a relaxing Sunday morning. So, I didn't get any emails in or messages on here about…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 4, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: SethWilson Gray...I'm Tired

Rise and shine, Albuquerque! How are you? Well, I hope. Me? I'm alright. Still just waking up. But right now I've got a cup of coffee and the radio is on - this is the beginning…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 28, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Kira Pelowitz...Plums

Good morning, Albuquerque! Good news! I had a conversation with Jon over the last weekend, and he asked me if I would like to hold down the fort here at the Ditch Rider all the way through to the end of August! Of course I said yes. I hope you…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 21, 2013 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Margaret Randall...How They Grab Our Words

Good morning, Albuquerque! Only two more Sundays left until I hand the reins of the Ditch Rider back to Jon; have you been having fun? Have you liked this? Have you liked me here? I…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 14, 2013 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Rachel McKibbens...Pushing Daisies

Good morning, Albuquerque! I'm rubbing my eyes and feeling my way to the kitchen that's in this house to find the coffee, and you're probably already into your second cup. I salute you! I do! I really salute you, even if my eyes are half closed. So, on…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 7, 2013 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Andrea J. Serrano...Rio Grande Blvd.

Good morning, Albuquerque! Rich Boucher here, weary and happy and tired from life and loving this thing that we're doing here! Right now I'm padding around the house in my bunny slippers and kimono and trying to find out where…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 30, 2013 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Matthew Brown....Blood Diamond

 

Good morning, Albuquerque! Rich here, rubbing my gasping, exhausted eyes and stepping on my alarm clock and trying to figure out how to make the machine (the machine!) make me some coffee while whole big noisy flocks of roosters fly…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 23, 2013 at 8:00am — 13 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Kathleen Browning...Measure of Time

Good morning, Albuquerque! It's soooooo early! Who is up and about at this time of day? Are you up? Why are you up? Why is anybody up at this hour?! It has to be the poetry, yes? I'm still bleary-eyed from last night's Southwest…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 16, 2013 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Denise Weaver Ross.....Three Poems from the Heart Suite

Good morning, Albuquerque! Is that coffee I smell? What can I say but THANK YOU to those who have offered me so many kind words and encouragement as I continue to steer this…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 9, 2013 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Mary Oishi....when i sing of seeds

Good morning, Albuquerque! Rich Boucher here, back again as your interim editor (for June and July) of The DitchRider. Before we dive in, I would like to thank Jon for this opportunity (again) the take the wheel here. This is an honor and a privilege and I'm grateful for…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 2, 2013 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Karla Linn Merrifield... Be Now My Anasazi

Anyone who wanders into the wild canyons of life, eventually picks up the sandy rocks, notices the obsidian flakes, and kicks the dirt a little.  This morning's poem promises to keep our eventual destination in mind, no matter what we encounter.…



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Added by The DitchRider on May 26, 2013 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Rudolfo Carrillo... Fourteen Utterances Designed to Provoke Reflection Among Poets

Those familiar with Rudolfo Carrillo's work will absolutely love this new piece.  As the title suggests, a marvelous, complicated trip awaits the reader.  "I dreamt Orion was invisible." says the poet.  So that pretty much leaves us to wander without his familiar presence.  Yes, "The hunter lies…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 19, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Julie Brokken... You Said, I Said

The sweet sadness of Julie Brokken "bubbles like cream soda slowly sipped" in a tall glass of poetry this morning.  Happy Mothers Day!

Julie Brokken works out of her White Butterfly Studio in downtown Albuquerque's…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 12, 2013 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Marilyn Stablein... Seeing Blue



With one poem, Marilyn Stablein has managed to redefine a color that had a somewhat lonely, if not negative, place in my memory.  Blue brings a smile this morning.



Ms. Stablein is reading at…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 5, 2013 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Hakim Bellamy... Jamesetta

Just about one year ago, Hakim Bellamy was selected as Albuquerque's first Poet Laureate. What an honor!  And what a responsibility.  How can a poet be such an active presence in the community and continue writing at the same time?  Somehow he's doing it...and brilliantly.  His first book of poems came out…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 28, 2013 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gina Marselle... Ode to My Son

If any kind of poem seeks to crystallize the meaning of life itself, it is one that is written to a son or daughter.  As hard as that is, Gina Marselle sprinkles plenty of memorable images in the direction of her beautiful baby boy.

Ms. Marselle, "Wife. Mother. Teacher. Poet.…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 21, 2013 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Tanaya Winder... To the Offset Metronome: On Breaking Rhythm

Tanaya Winder's personal sensitivity and poetic imagination are wound around a childhood of musical training in this beautiful work.  Just lovely…and definitely in a minor key.  Ms. Winder is…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 14, 2013 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Jessica Lopez... 2 poems, The Poem I Most Fear & What the Womb Isn't

Jessica Lopez draws me into her world with every line.  Writing with power, passion, and insight, she can leave the reader breathless.  You can hear Jessica Helen Lopez read for free next Sunday April 14th at the Tractor Brewing Co. in Nob Hill as part of the "I'll Drink To That" series. …

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Added by The DitchRider on April 7, 2013 at 8:32am — 3 Comments

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