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The Sunday Poem: ABQ Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy... Home Invasion

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 15, 2012 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Sandra Valle... Postcard from Michigan

"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…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 8, 2012 at 8:24am — 9 Comments

The Sunday Poem: David Wilde... FRAC/KTAL#1

Well I got the email and attachment.  "Nice David!  Btw, is that a wrapper from a straw that you used?  And does that mean anything?"  He replied:

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on April 1, 2012 at 8:00am — 15 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Merimee Moffitt... Love Letter to the Teachers of Arizona

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 25, 2012 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Don McIver... Damen Stop

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 18, 2012 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Marilyn Stablein... The Poet's Couch

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 11, 2012 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Margaret Randall... Canary in the Mine 1

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on March 4, 2012 at 8:01am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Zachary Kluckman... Cars Become Metronomes in the Rain

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 26, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Karin Bradberry... Three Love Poems

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on February 12, 2012 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Ungelbah Davila... Tropicana

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, …

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Added by The DitchRider on February 5, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Olivia Gatwood... Superbowl

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 29, 2012 at 8:15am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Dee Cohen... Slouching Toward ABQ

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 22, 2012 at 8:00am — 12 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Katherine Johnson-Ficklen... In a Hotel Room in Texas, Alone

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 15, 2012 at 9:04am — 11 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Rich Boucher... Protest Is Over (If You Want It)



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…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 8, 2012 at 8:45am — 12 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Don McIver... Swimming in Samsara

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,…

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Added by The DitchRider on January 1, 2012 at 11:18am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Katarina K. Guarascio... Bus Station

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,…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 18, 2011 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Zachary Kluckman... A Harvest of Thunder Throated Blossoms

"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…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 11, 2011 at 8:24am — 6 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Stewart S. Warren... The Palm of the Wind

It seems obvious that last week's 50 mph wind storm was not the wind the poet is talking about.  Still, wind is wind, and it will take whatever is left on the branch.

 

Stewart S. Warren remains committed to clean water issues.  Besides writing, he heads…

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Added by The DitchRider on December 4, 2011 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gina Marselle... Neptune

"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…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 27, 2011 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Elaine Schwartz... In a storage room at the Smithsonian

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…

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Added by The DitchRider on November 20, 2011 at 8:03am — 4 Comments

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