Of all the poems Levi has written, I asked for this one. It is as iconic a piece of writing about New Mexico as there is. Read it and smile. Here's to Taos Plaza: to the low-riders, the tourists, the young ladies in their mini-faldas
. Here's to cruising through all those yesterdays.
And no matter how many the years, how far removed, or how long the distance from the road once traveled, what it is still is, because it was, because… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on May 9, 2010 at 7:42am —
Been thinking about the crap going down in Arizona? You need to read this. Wondering about all the fuss? You really need to read this.
has performed and published poetry since she arrived in Albuquerque in 1999. She also produced many poetry events including Mightier Than the Sword: Writers Address the Nuclear Age, and Some of My Best Friends Are Poets. Besides being a blues… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on May 2, 2010 at 7:30am —
This is National Poetry Month. The Alibi did a nice piece
on it, highlighting four local poets. I might mention that 3 of the 4 have appeared here on The Sunday Poem (Richard Oyama, Greta Pullen, and Adam Rubenstein) as well as Alibi Arts/Lit Editor Erin Adair-Hodges who authored the piece. The Alibi's web page also features a… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on April 25, 2010 at 11:17am —
Ever wonder how we in New Mexico turned out to be so different from our neighbors Texas and Arizona? For one thing, we turned back the forces of slavery at Glorieta
. And check out this tribute to poet Maisha Baton, which delves into post-civil war history in eastern New Mexico.… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on April 25, 2010 at 8:23am —
Here is a preview of this morning's hottest ticket in town: The Church of Beethoven
featuring Reich, J.S. Bach, and the poetry of V.B. Price. In good times and bad, Price has written about Albuquerque and New Mexico with courage, insight, and integrity. It is no surprise that Chaco Canyon calls to him again and again; his repect for our part of the world runs that… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on April 18, 2010 at 8:00am —
Warm weather is here. Everyone is heading for the Jemez Mountains. Now there are only two kinds of New Mexicans: those who have been to the Los Ojos Bar in Jemez Springs, and those who are going. There are a thousand stories about the place. I could tell a couple myself. Anyway, Georgia Santa-Maria casts her eyes around that dark, smokey tavern and gives us a run-down of what it all means.
Georgia Santa-Maria is the author of “The Miami,… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on April 11, 2010 at 7:36am —
Now, with the unimaginable literally within view, let us take a little time to reflect on what it might feel like.
Margaret Randall continues to fight the good fight. She is international in her focus and importance. And this morning, as she does every Sunday morning, she will walk by my house on her way down the hill to the Central Ave. Flying Star. This poem is from an as yet unpublished manuscript called RUINS
. The photo is by… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on April 4, 2010 at 7:30am —
Men never understand women. Of course that doesn't stop us from trying.
"My name is Sal Treppiedi, and I was born in Brooklyn, New York, February, 1963, to Italian immigrant parents. I have lived on both coasts, but now call New Mexico home. I am married to Debbie, a wonderful woman with a beautiful soul, and have a 13-year-old daughter, Calle, who never stops amazing me, and is a slammer herself."
He is also the author of a chapbook… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on March 28, 2010 at 8:00am —
At the heart of Adam Rubinstein's attempt to revisit this neighborhood is a girl. In my own life as a young boy, her name was Carol. Although I wanted to walk with her home from school, I was too shy...and contented myself with following half a block behind, throwing snowballs or hiding behind bushes. Later, I must have dated Carol a dozen times in my life: Nancy, Elizabeth, Tanya, Susan, and more. I think I remember the way to her house. Adam… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on March 21, 2010 at 8:00am —
Sometimes the days pass slowly when you are a child. Gina Marie Marselle recalls such an afternoon with her mother. I am sure that many of the wonderful details of that time are now part of her own daughter's life. Some belong only to history...but nothing is left unnoticed.
Gina Marie Marselle is involved with the poetry slam scene, and coordinates the Open Space… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on March 14, 2010 at 8:00am —
The following email was forwarded to me by Lisa Gill on Friday.
Just heard from his son Theron that Todd Moore, our beloved 'Outlaw' poet, passed away this morning unexpectedly. No further information is available at this time and there are no plans as yet for a local memorial services.Theron says he will be buried in Northern Illinois.
Todd had a long and vibrant career as a writer and spoken word performer with… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on March 14, 2010 at 12:00am —
Harvena Richter has lived in the same rambling adobe on Candelaria Road in Albuquerque's north valley since 1972. But the Richter family story in the Duke City begins much before that. Her father, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Conrad Richter
, sold their small Pine Tree Farm in Pennsylvania and moved to Albuquerque in 1928, looking for a cure for his wife's tuberculosis. His… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on March 7, 2010 at 7:34am —
"Eva was my Australian Shepherd, who had a big vocabulary in English and Spanish and invented jobs for herself in the absence of sheep."
A poet and novelist, Greta Pullen moved here from the San Francisco Bay area. She is senior librarian at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Ms. Pullen has given several local readings, including being one of the poets featured in the Maisha Baton tribute one week… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on February 28, 2010 at 7:53am —
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 —