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The Sunday Poem: Stewart S. Warren... Flutter of Communication

Leaves are about to fall. This is a poem you really need to read before they do...because, as he says, "Leaves are the words of trees / whose chosen work is remembering."



Stewart S. Warren, writer and performance poet, was born 1950 into the affluent southern society of Tulsa, Oklahoma where, Stewart says, he was raised by slaves and all night gas station attendants.… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on October 17, 2010 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Demetria Martinez... Before You

Who do poets write for? It is seldom the anonymous public...it is for you, my love.



Albuquerque writer Demetria Martinez won the Western States Book Award for Fiction for her novel Mother Tongue. She is also a regular contributor to the independent progressive biweekly,… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on October 10, 2010 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Brian Hendrickson... The Ornithology of Conviction

Teaching in a prison just has to change a person. Here, Brian Hendrickson ruminates, "I used to think I had lived / An incredibly clever life." Well, welcome to the yard. Yet, teaching inside is not the same as living inside and the poet looks for his own kind of meaning.



He also mentions Ted Kooser, whose American Life in Poetry was the actual inspiration for my own… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on September 26, 2010 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Diane Thiel... Resistance Fantasies

It is so easy to feel disappointed and powerless in today's world. We dream of being more than that...a lot more. By the way, the last line of this poem will stay with you for a long, long time.



Diane Thiel is the author of nine books of poetry, nonfiction and creative writing pedagogy. Her work appears in many journals, is re-printed in over fifty anthologies, and has been translated… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on September 19, 2010 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gary Brower... Escaping the End of the World

Did you see the news story? Two asteroids, each one big as a house, zipped between earth and the moon last Wednesday. Talk about coincidence! Just read today's poem. There are three epigraphs that preface this remarkable look at the future, but the title really says it all.



Gary Brower is one of the Directors for the… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on September 12, 2010 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Katrina K Guarascio... They Don't Make Memories Like That Anymore...

Poets try to never forget anything. Ever. But with love, well with love even the act of remembering is an experience not to be forgotten.



"Some automatic device clicked in her big brain, and her knees felt weak, and there was a chilly feeling in her stomach. She was in love with this man.

They don't make memories like that anymore"

— Kurt Vonnegut (Galápagos)




Katrina K Guarascio resides in Albuquerque and teaches… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on September 5, 2010 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

The 2nd Annual Sunday Poets Potluck

Last Saturday, MaryAnn and I hosted the second Sunday Poets Potluck. So far The Sunday Poem series has run for 89 consecutive weeks. It started February 15, 2009 with two poems by Richard Vargas and continues until the present day. 56 different local poets have been featured here, many more than once. I repeat: 56 local poets! And we are not done yet.



A Scary Bunch

It takes a lot of courage to call yourself a poet. Next time… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on August 31, 2010 at 8:20am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Liza Wolff-Francis... American Noise

Somehow the noise of America seems timeless. "Can you spare some change?" resonates through much of the 20th century. And here we are in the 21st. Self-help slogans are everywhere. We listen for the soul of our country somewhere in this mix of verbal traffic.



Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet, writer and clinical social worker. She is an MFA student at Goddard College and has been published in Earthships Anthology, Albuquerque Almanac… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on August 29, 2010 at 8:16am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Don McIver... Daily Special

Don McIver is on duty. His eyes are open. He is keeping the watch, even if he can't do much about what he sees.



McIver is a 4 time member of the ABQ slam team, the host/producer of KUNM's Spoken Word Hour, the author of The Noisy Pen, and a co-editor of A Bigger Boat: the Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Slam Scene. A teacher by trade, he works at Central New Mexico Community College. The banner photo above is by the late… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on August 22, 2010 at 7:46am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gina Marselle... Time Traveler

Poems about paintings always lead off the canvas. And in the case of a painting of a crow, your journey could be a long one.



Gina Marselle is a poet, photographer, teacher and single mom whose impact on the poetry community includes collaborating with local poets, and coordinating the Open Space Visitor Center’s semi-annual “Poetry in Place” event connecting people to place through poetry. She has been work published in the Rag, The Sunday… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on August 15, 2010 at 8:08am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Richard Vargas... why my ex-wife will go to heaven

Richard is one of Albuquerque's strongest voices. He continues to walk down your streets, taking it all in and making sense. Today's poem about his ex-wife partially takes place in his ex-home, Rockford, Illinois. Incredibly, I lived there for 18 years myself.



Vargas is the editor of the poetry journal Mas Tequila Review. It just published its first issue (available for a reasonable six bucks). Purchase and publication info is… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on August 8, 2010 at 8:00am — 15 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Jimmy Santiago Baca... 1-04-04

"Born in New Mexico of Indio-Mexican descent, Jimmy Santiago Baca was raised first by his grandmother and later sent to an orphanage. A runaway at age 13, it was after Baca was sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison that he began to turn his life around: he learned to read and write and unearthed a voracious passion for poetry." Thus begins his 'official' biography as related on… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on August 1, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Stefi Weisburd... Field Trip to a Dangerous Mind

Stefi Weisburd volunteers at Explora, and this poem shows it. What a field trip! She is the author of two books, The Wind-Up Gods and Barefoot: Poems for Naked Feet. Her work has appeared in several national pubications, including American… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on July 25, 2010 at 7:33am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Amy Beeder... Captain Haddock vs. the PTA

This poem originally appeared in the legendary Chicago publication, Poetry. Because of that we can listen to Beeder read this short piece, as well as her introduction to it, on the Poetry Foundation website.



Amy Beeder teaches at UNM. Previously she was a human rights observer in Haiti and Suriname, and taught high school in West Africa. She… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on July 18, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: David M. Johnson... Desert Notes

You are probably used to New Mexico's landscape of distant horizons and small surprises. But it does take some time to make sense of it...especially if you are from the midwest.



David Johnson retired from the University of New Mexico in 1999 after over thirty-three years of teaching creative writing, mythology, and world literature. His most recent book is Rebirth… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on July 11, 2010 at 8:40am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Cathy Arellano... End of an Affair May 14, 2010

On a most basic level, the new Arizona laws are not about immigration: they are about being Mexican. Or being a dark-skinned American. Somehow popular history assumes the former Europeans among us filled out the proper papers at Ellis Island. We tend to forget the rest of the story.



A new line seems to have been drawn in the sand. It is both political and deeply emotional. And, as Cathy Arellano says,

This is our border/ you might… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on July 4, 2010 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Tracey Dahl.... "La Cueva, the Cave"



Tracey Dahl is an active member of the poetry community. She was born and raised in Albuquerque and is going to school right now at CNM. She has been published in The Rag and forthcoming in Pemmican. She continues to work with youth and other poets. She is Haiku Deathmatch Champion as well as the co-coach for the youth team ABQ Unidos. She will be co-featuring Church of Beethoven with Tracey Pontani in August.…



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Added by The DitchRider on June 27, 2010 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem.... Sirena Rayes' "Esperanza Drive"

Sirena Rayes is the 18 years old daughter of the poet featured last week, Mitch Rayes. She is the only one in her family who was born in Albuquerque, and is very happy to hold the first generation slot. Writers on the other hand, show up in her family repeatedly from generation to generation. Luckily that gene made it to Albuquerque, and Sirena is… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on June 20, 2010 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Mitch Rayes' version of "Friendship"

Mitch Rayes is always at work for poets behind the scenes. He's often referred to as the "Godfather of the Albuquerque Poetry Scene" because he produced four poetry festivals in the '90s and created Flaming Tongues and is infinitely supportive of other poets. (Here, in the banner above, and photo by Mark Weber below, he's adjusting sound at the memorial for the recently passed… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on June 13, 2010 at 2:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Joy Harjo... Letter to Lawson or We Were There When Jazz Was Invented

Joy Harjo will be the headliner for the next Duende Poetry Series program on Sunday, June 13 at 3 p.m. at the Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas. Reading with her will be Albino Carrillo, a UNM graduate and a nominee for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in poetry (2008). Albino, by the way, is the twin brother of DCF contributor Rudolfo Carrillo. Wow.



If you have never… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on June 6, 2010 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

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