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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

The Sunday Poem: Karla Linden... Rising Sun (Between Our Legs)

Sometimes, when we are busy concentrating on the big issues, maybe our mind needs to wander to the person across from us, whether big or little, and what that love feels like. At least for a little while.



Nob Hill poet Karla Linden has a medical massage practice and is studying for a degree which will allow her to be a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. She has published two books:… Continue

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

The Sunday Poem: Stefi Weisburd... Five Kinds of Weather Roll Across Texas

"Crazy good!" comes to mind describing this poem as it rolls through the Texas countryside. But that is not good enough. Weisburd throws up images that seem to rise from the horizon full of life, but somehow twisted by heat waves. In such a world, your eyes can play tricks on you.



Albuquerque poet Stefi Weisburd is the author of The Wind-Up Gods… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on May 23, 2010 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Tamra Hays... Both Sides of the Tracks

Tamra Hays, that wonderful poet from Mountainair, continues to write with simple elegance in brilliantly chosen metaphors. She finds her way so deftly from first word to last. You will enjoy this short, personal reflection.



After teaching in the Duke City for over 20 years, Tamra Hays and her husband, Michael, began to teach in international schools. They now split their time between Istanbul, Turkey and Mountainair, New… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on May 16, 2010 at 7:25am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Levi Romero... One Last Cruise, Taos Plaza

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 — 8 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Mary Oishi... suspect

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.



Mary Oishi 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 — 13 Comments

Larry Goodell's FB Photos of Local Poets & Artists

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 — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gary Brower... Blackdom, New Mexico

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 — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: V.B. Price... Chaco Nights

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 — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Georgia Santa-Maria... Los Ojos Bar and Grill

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 — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Margaret Randall... Brazil Is the First to Fade

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 — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Sal Treppiedi... The Ancient Question of Inequality

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 — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Adam Rubinstein... Dreams and Streets I

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 — 14 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gina Marie Marselle... As the Day Wore Into Itself

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 — 9 Comments

Death Claims DCF Sunday Poet Todd Moore

The following email was forwarded to me by Lisa Gill on Friday.



Hi All.

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…
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Added by The DitchRider on March 14, 2010 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Harvena Richter... from The Innocent Island

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 — 10 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Greta Pullen... Two Poems About Eva Luna

"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 — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: James C. Burbank... Lamentation for the Body

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 21, 2010 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Sari Krosinsky... blushing in form



It may not have been the ideal relationship, Persephone and Hades, 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 — 7 Comments

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