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 issue #3 of Adobe Walls.

Dee Cohen's work has been published in assorted print and on line journals. Her chapbook Lime Avenue Evening was published by The Laguna Poets group of California.

Slouching Toward ABQ

I used to dream in black & white.
Now I dream in Albuquerque.
Ragged city, lovely city, damaged city.
City of lost cats & abandoned cars.
City of blue against orange,
of murals against sky,
of tile chips floated in mud.
City of last licks, second chances.
Of silk & gauze & chenille & oilcloth.
Epic city. Mythic city.
Stink-eyed city
of rust & grit & gravel & graves.
Loose dogged city.
Of cross-hatched streets, mortar & lime.
Stained city, below a piñata moon,
paper mache mountains & tack ragged skies.
City of stalled clouds, cold winds, & oxygen tanks.
Of bulrushes, sedge, cattails & cottonwoods
and gunny sacks in pick-ups trucks
Sluggish river, muddy river, terra cotta river.
Albuquerque, poor thing:
Fingerless, armless, legless, limbless,
Stranded on a corner,
505 tattooed on its brown belly.
Under the tent of your blessed funkiness,
a horse stretches its neck and whinnies.
There’s no looking back
as I trail a skateboarder who glides
down Central in a Day of the Dead tee shirt.
I used to dream in black & white.
Now I dream in Albuquerque.

--Dee Cohen

Poetry submissions are welcome.  Email

An added note:  This column is published every Sunday morning from the front room of the Flying Star restaurant on Central Ave. in Nob Hill.  This morning my wife MaryAnn is eating an orange.  Margaret Randall is at the next table on her laptop waiting for me to post this morning's column.  Barbara Byers nibbles at her oatmeal while talking to my wife.  If you would like to meet these poets or maybe just eat breakfast, feel free to join us.  Any Sunday, about 7 to 9. --Jon (theditchrider)

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Comment by Julie Brokken on January 31, 2012 at 8:21pm

You really captured the 'quirky' in ABQ!!!  Love it!


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