It was just over three years ago that Hakim Bellamy first appeared in The Sunday Poem series. His love of the Duke City and New Mexico is so apparent in this piece that was published here at that time. No wonder he was named Albuquerque's first poet laureate. Congratulations, Hakim. Congratulations are…Continue
"I read Dee's poem this morning up in cold and gray Michigan and was moved, again, by what she wrote. And I missed New Mexico even more…"
New Mexico is like that.
"I moved to Albuquerque a year ago from Michigan. I've spent the last year getting settled, writing, and learning…
Jon. Nice guess. Its actually a teabag wrapper from the the Frontier which I generally write my poetry on the back of as well as making notes…Continue
We share so much with our neighbor to the west. In fact Tucson is so like us in many ways it is considered something of a sister city. Yet here we are...our very real differences as people revealed by the actions of the Governor of Arizona, the Sheriff of Maricopa County, and now the Tucson School Board. What…Continue
This poem is about Chicago. Ever wondered what living in a big city is like? Read on. Carl Sandburg absolutely loved Chicago. To me, living there is one of those experiences remembered more fondly with 40 years of hindsight.
Chicago has several subway/elevated lines. I used to ride the…
Have you been to Acequia Books on 4th St.? This poem is so firmly rooted in that great place I can almost smell the books. It is owned by Gary Wilkie, husband of our Sunday poet. Not only that, today's poem pays tribute to…Continue
Last year, Arizona passed the controversial H.B. 2281, a bill banning school curriculum “designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.” Along with the bill, a number of ethnic studies books have been removed from school district shelves. Some of those book are…Continue
Zachary Kluckman is a poet of many moods and colors…and just the right phrase for every one of them.
Zach Kluckman's anthology of New Mexican poets, Earthships: A New Mecca Poetry Collection, was a finalist in the 2008 NM Book Awards. Past publications include the New York Quarterly, Dos…
In most parts of the country, by February everyone is tired of the gray, sunless skies and bitter cold mornings. Valentine's Day could not come at a better time. We are more than ready. Maybe that's why I thought we could use three poems this morning. They are better than a warm roll and a second cup…Continue
The email said, "Like cheap hotel rooms? I got a poem for ya DitchRider." She was, of course, referring to Katherine Johnson-Ficklen's wonderful piece, …Continue
Everybody knows what happens next Sunday! Some will watch the it. Some take the occasion to go for a hike. In any case, Superbowl Sunday is just seven days away. Arm yourself with this incredible piece by Olivia Gatwood.
Olivia has been a part of the Albuquerque Youth Slam team for…
Nothing reflects the inspiration of this weekly column more than this: an Albuquerque poet writing about our own town. Here the talented Dee Cohen, with all imaginable energy, muses how the Duke City has changed her. This poem, and about a hundred more poetry gems, are available in…Continue
There is being alone…and then there is being alone in a cheap hotel room. Truth opens that door and wants to chat.
Katherine Johnson-Ficklen is a native New Mexican who took a six year hiatus in Boston. She puts her MFA to good use working as a…
Rich Boucher continues to wander the streets blasting those six-guns of irony. His take on the Occupy ABQ movement is bound to provoke thought and reaction.
A past member of five national poetry slam teams, Boucher moved to Albuquerque in 2008…Continue
Do your plans for this new year include more exercise...maybe more time in the gym or laps in the pool? Or does exercise bring up thoughts of monotonous hours that seem to drag on forever? Fortunately for us, Don McIver has thought it through. And by the way,…Continue
Leaving someone behind is never easy. Having someone leave you is even harder...especially in a public place like a bus station. In this season of comings and goings, this poem echoes through the waiting rooms across America.
Katarina K. Guarascio's most recent book,…Continue
"Why read poetry?" Now that's a question worth asking...especially in a column like this. The exquisite passion of Zachary Kluckman in today's poem not only offers an explanation, it is itself an example of the joy of reading great works.
Kluckman is one of the…Continue
Stewart S. Warren remains committed to clean water issues. Besides writing, he heads…Continue
"Where the hell are all the stars?" asks our mountain. Sometimes the landscape has all the answers, sometimes not. But that is where we look..
Gina Marselle teaches English and reads her poetry at local coffee shops and art galleries. Earlier this summer she was featured…Continue
Elaine Schwartz finds her brilliant images in the dusty boxes of a storage room. The fierce truth of her thought contrasts with the orderliness of these stanzas...stacked in the corner of this…Continue