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the Sunday Poem: Don McIver... Take Five

Dave Brubeck's death this week was a sad milepost of sorts.  So many loved his music and played his Time Out album over and over.  Brubeck's piano and Paul Desmond's lilting sax are instantly recognizable, but…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 9, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

In 1962, I Go See Dave Brubeck

Brubeck's gone.  Dave Brubeck died yesterday at the age of 92.   I didn't know about it until Don McIver posted a comment on Sunday's poem and then emailed me.  He…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 6, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Don McIver... A Love Supreme

Poet Don McIver continues his poetic meditations on the classic jazz scene.  John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" was recorded in December of 1964--three years before his death, from liver cancer, at age 40.

Don McIver, whose work has inspired the Duke City for decades, wrote this piece just…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 2, 2012 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Stewart S. Warren... Spring Tide

This world is ever revealing and ever concealing.  We get the briefest glimpse of something, then it disappears.  So as you reach for that cup of coffee this morning, remember that the steaming cup you see is not the cup that is.  And Stewart Warren?  Why he's smiling.



Stewart runs…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 25, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Bruce Holsapple... Seeing As

Years ago many of us faced life among the industrial factories of America.  Quite a few ended up here…in the Land of Enchantment.  Bruce Holapple contemplates one of the lessons learned in Buffalo, New York.



Bruce works as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Magdalena.  He’s published six books of…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 18, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Don McIver... Freddie the Freeloader

Jazz and poetry were made for each other.  This morning, with that dark cloud bank over the Sandias and yellow leaves falling all over town, winter edges into our consciousness.  Mmmmm..."Kind of Blue."  This morning is jazz perfect.



"Ideally, you should queue up Miles Davis' "Freddie…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 11, 2012 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Jules Nyquist... Someone Stole My Obama Sign.

If ever there were an election awash in money, this is it.  Fortunately, in a political version of El Niño, most of the national TV ads seem to be passing north of us.  Here in the Land of Enchantment these battles are fought in our front lawns.



Jules is the founder of Jules' Poetry Playhouse in…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 4, 2012 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: E.A. (Tony) Mares and Larry Goodell... two poems, Rio Grande & A La Local

The Duende Poetry Series of Placitas, now in its eighth year, will sponsor the fourth (and last) reading of 2012, today at 3pm at the Anasazi Fields…

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Added by The DitchRider on October 28, 2012 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Aileen O'Catherine… Snapshot of a Young Girl at a Harvest Festival

It might be a scene in Corrales, Los Ranchos, Belen, or near the poet's home in Peralta.  In any case the sharp eyes of Aileen O'Catherine see beyond the straw and corn husks, and peer into the future of a youngster making a scarecrow.  In this one moment, autumn seems a lot like…

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Added by The DitchRider on October 21, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Merimee Moffitt... the world in a word rant poem

Women and girls are under attack worldwide--Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and even here in the USA.  For instance, during last week's vice-presidential debate, Rep. Paul Ryan vowed to take decisions about abortion rights away from "unelected" judges and put them back in the legislature where they belong. …

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Added by The DitchRider on October 14, 2012 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Georgia Santa-Maria... For the Friend Who Sends Me Names and Numbers for Workshops She Thinks Will Improve Me

Georgia once wrote me that her 5th grade principal at Emerson Elementary said that in 36 years of teaching, she was the worst kid she’d ever known.  With such an interesting childhood it is perhaps no wonder that people keep sending her self-improvement opportunities.  But not so fast!  The poet responds,…

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Added by The DitchRider on October 7, 2012 at 7:41am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: David Wilde... Four Poems from his Checkbook

Jon.  Yes…I do have a collection - not yet typed out - of poems on Frontier teabag sachets.  So in actual fact the collection is spread between teabags and notebooks equally of sufficient length to accommodate my epic-ally small pieces.  I keep these poem/teabag structures in my checkbook for…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 30, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Rich Boucher... Poem, Deconstructed

The reader might wonder if a poem is actually written to a real person.  Well, maybe or maybe not.  Nonetheless, a poem is always written with someone in mind.  Rich Boucher takes the reader inside his heart and head this morning.



A past member of five national poetry slam teams, Rich has…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 23, 2012 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Anya Achtenberg... Torturer's Resignation

Imagine an artist painting with more than one brush at a time.  Imagine half of dozen sunrises today.  Imagine spending a lifetime being born.

Anya Achtenberg reads this…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 16, 2012 at 8:28am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Bill Nevins... Atrisco Sunset Redux

Great writers are also great listeners.  This wonderful piece moves us through the life and times of South Valley resident, Don Juan Rey. 

Bill Nevins reads regularly at the East of Edith and Fixed and Free poetry gatherings and will read Irish poetry on March 16 2013 at Belen…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 9, 2012 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Katrina K. Guarascio... Late Summer Rain

Ah…who hasn't run outside when those raindrops begin to fall.  Katrina K. Guarascio has.  And even though the rain now might seem such a distant memory, the sensuality of it all has not been lost.



Katrina K. Guarascio's most recent book is…

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Added by The DitchRider on September 2, 2012 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Steven Hamp... A Story Without Commentary

Three hundred years from now, scholars will mine internet data trying to figure out how we reacted to the changing climate.  This poem will be part of that research.  Our river, El Rio Grande, is the narrative that flows through it all.



Steven Hamp has resided in New Mexico since 1981 and currently…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 26, 2012 at 7:35am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Margaret Randall... Imagined, Unseen

On 4 July 2012, the CMS and the ATLAS experimental teams at the LHC independently announced that they each confirmed the formal discovery of a previously unknown boson of mass between 125–127 GeV/c2, whose behaviour so far has been…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 19, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Rudolfo Carrillo... The death of Summer and Other Unfinished Poetic Devices

Albuquerque writer and artist Rudolfo Carrillo adheres to the precepts of modernism and so has been influenced and informed by the work of mentors such as the composer Christopher Shultis, painter Martin Facey, and man of letters…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 12, 2012 at 8:17am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Stewart S. Warren... High Summer Blue

You can smell the new-mown hay in this wonderful poem by Stewart S. Warren.  We know summer won't last forever.  But caught in the slow creep of the seasons, time does seem to stop just when the sun is directly above us.





Albuquerque poet Stewart S. Warren is the author of five volumes of…

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Added by The DitchRider on August 5, 2012 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

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