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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

The Sunday Poem: Lauren Zuniga... two poems, The Drowning & A Benediction for Hustlers and Gardeners

Have a vision for America?  Have a plan for you own life?  Does Grover Norquist intrude upon your quiet thoughts about what tomorrow might hold?  If you do nothing else this morning, read on.  Thanks to Zach Kluckman for the heads-up on Lauren Zuniga's coming to town and…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 31, 2013 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Merimee Moffitt... You Call

Despite this week’s cold snap, we have all been outside thinking about our gardens, worrying about those fruit trees, and glancing at the tangled hose half buried under the brown leaves out back.  Welcome to spring!  “Avoid bunnies,” adds the poet.



Merimee Moffitt lives in…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 24, 2013 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Margaret Randall... Cursive Writing and Old Slide Rules

This morning Margaret Randall will be reading at Sunday Chatter (formerly Church of Beethoven).  You can hear her read "Cursive Writing..." in person.  I can…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 17, 2013 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Nathan Brown and Cathy Arellano... two poems, The Sign & Riverside Drive

Sit down for coffee with Nathan Brown and watch the people around you.  Ride along the Rio Grande with Cathy Arellano and wonder about your life as the sheriff comes into view.  Ah...Sundays.…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 10, 2013 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Wil Gibson... Beautiful Beast

Maine poets Wil Gibson and Beau Williams rolled into town this weekend.  They read last night at One Night Only  which was staged at The Source on Carlisle Blvd in southeast Albuquerque.  Gibson claims Rockford, Illinois as a hometown.  As does another of…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 3, 2013 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

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