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The Sunday Poem: Sharon Niederman... Wars Ago

Sharon Niederman writes, "The Muse wears many disguises.  For years I have seen the same street person walking up and down Central Ave.; in winter, she wraps herself in a tattered blanket, and in summer her face is deeply sunburnt. I try to give her money every chance I get, but sometimes…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 17, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Harvena Richter (In Memorium)... Myths

We received word that Albuquerque writer and poet Harvena Richter passed away this last week.  She was 94.  Ms. Richter was featured in The Sunday Poem series on the DCF in March of 2010.  Her poems showed a…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 10, 2011 at 7:44am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Margaret Randall... True Grit of Old 66

This is my favorite kind of post:  an Albuquerque poem written by a great Albuquerque poet.  Take a walk with Margaret Randall through the present and into the past.  You just might meet yourself coming the other way.

 

A feminist poet, writer, photographer, and social activist, Margaret Randall has…

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Added by The DitchRider on July 3, 2011 at 8:45am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gary Brower... Epistle from the Oregonians

This year the forces of nature are on everyone's mind.  We have seen just about every kind of natural disaster out there.  Placitas resident Gary Brower remembers living through another one.

 

Brower is the editor of Malpaís…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 26, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Susy Crandall... Cosmic Smudging (Or Living in New Mexico Burning)

  Even before scientists can put those forest fires into perspective, poets find ways to do it.  Here Susy Crandall makes sense of the world she sees and breathes.

 

I am practically a native New Mexican, been here since 1960, practice occupational…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 19, 2011 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Hakim Bellamy & Carlos Contreras... Welcome to the Mineshaft

How did hip-hop stray so far from a life we could celebrate?  So far from our hopes, our dreams, our future?  Ask these guys...Urban Verbs.

 

Urban Verbs is trying to eradicate the exclusivity of some factions within Hip-Hop…

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Added by The DitchRider on June 12, 2011 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Georgia Santa-Maria... Igor's

Time for another bar poem!  On a recent trip to New Orleans, Georgia Santa-Maria was hanging out at Igor's.  Whether she was washing her duds or just sipping the suds she didn't say.  Still, if I were in town for more…
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Added by The DitchRider on June 5, 2011 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Mary Oishi... one woman's hallelujah

The Rapture on your mind?  Maybe not the When of it, but the Why?  To a young poet, "There was no hope unless there was a savior out in space somewhere coming for me."  Tough times.  Mary OIshi revisits where all that came from and what it meant.

 

From the back cover of her new book…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 29, 2011 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Merimee Moffitt.. In Whole Foods

Poems like this make me open my eyes.  The drama and beauty of life is all around us.  Merimee Moffitt runs a story by us while standing in line.  You can't help but fall in love all over again.

 

Merimee Moffitt lives in Nob Hill. She is a co-editor of The Rag, a monthly poetry…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 22, 2011 at 8:56am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Jessica Helen Lopez... Always Messing with them Boys

Jessica Helen Lopez speaks with more passion than just about anybody I know.  This is the title poem from her new book which is just out from West End Press.  She is reading this morning at Church of Beethoven, and…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 15, 2011 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

The Sunday Poem: John Roche... 3 Poems from Road Ghosts (ALBUQUERQUE BURNING)

A year ago SoyJames started a very lively discussion about the Albuquerque riots in 1971.  He found these photos.  If you lived here at that time you certainly remember at…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 8, 2011 at 8:00am — 13 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Lisa Gill... Two Poems from Caput Nili

Living isn't for cowards!  And documenting a difficult life isn't for those without a sense of humor.  These two poems detail what happens when the poet has self-diagnosed an incredibly serious condition, Multiple Sclerosis, but can't get her doctors to test for it.  And even that wasn't the full…

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Added by The DitchRider on May 1, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Robert Masterson... Stealing Cars for Kelly Ashner

Ever tried to impress your fantasy girl?  The poet thinks back a few decades to when Albuquerque's used car lot owners were huge celebrities and Masterson entertained those sorts of dreams.  Actually, this sounds a lot like somebody who could be on television today.



Currently an English professor at…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 24, 2011 at 9:17am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Elaine Schwartz... El Flautista

Some of the most memorable poems in the English language have been written about paintings.  A painting by Remedios Varo is the subject of Elaine Schwartz's poem by the same name, El Flautista.  Varo, whose paintings are instantly… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on April 17, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Mark Justice Hinton... Whispering, "Rain!"

Rain is on everyone's mind.  In this poem Mark Justice Hinton walks and listens among the cottonwoods that make up the Rio Grande Bosque.

April is National Poetry Month and for the second year in a row HInton is writing a daily poem.  They are available to be read (and heard) on his famous…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 10, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Brendan Constatine & Peggy Dobreer... Cold Reading, across the ribs of red canyon

Even "the guerrilla fighter of poets" can end up teaching in a classroom.  Brendan Constatine is currently reading in Albuquerque with fellow Southern California poet Peggy Dobreer.  Constatine writes, "I'm honored to be a guest in NM, a place with such a rich tradition of art. Honestly…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 3, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Richard Vargas... not what we had in mind



It's tax season again, a time filled with meaning for both the employed and those who are not.  Richard Vargas continues to explore the American dream.

 

Vargas graduated from UNM's Creative Writing program in December 2010, and was awarded his MFA with distinction.  He just edited…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 27, 2011 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Stewart S. Warren... Space Kindly

Not all the news is bad.  If you have been afraid to turn on your TV recently, you will appreciate this timely poem from Stewart S. Warren about the recent and final voyage of the space shuttle Discovery.  The poet adds, "…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 20, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Tanaya Winder... The Impermanence of Human Sculptures

The amazing Tanaya Winder looks at life itself...as well as art.  This wonderful piece tackles the twist of time with both courage and brilliance.

 

I come from the Duckwater Shoshone and Southern Ute nations. I was raised on the Southern Ute Indian reservation in southern Colorado; I consider…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 13, 2011 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Sari Krosinsky... Election Day Memorial, 1984

There seems to be no telling what parts of our past stay with us...but we take what we need and forget the rest.  Here poet Sari Krosinsky relives a few moments in a car on election day 1984.

 

Sari Krosinsky edits Fickle Muses, an online journal of mythic poetry and fiction. Her poems appear…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 6, 2011 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

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