I scour the drench
that is manuelitas canyon
rain cuts short the day’s labor
opens my eyes
the creek is up
snow melt and downpour
have all of us
near the limits of containment
a washing machine comes down the river
stationary for decades
a rusted landmark
in the steep boulders of a side wash
but the rains have dislodged it
and now it is making the kind of velocity
few appliances ever achieve
it slams knee high into Bodner’s foot bridge
tumbles over the top
and into the water again on the other side
before I can blink
it disappears around the next bend
I scour the drench of my notebook
my pen has been stationary all day
Congratulations Mitch for being the New Mexico Literary Arts Gratitude Award winner for 2013 (one of just two). Hear him give a reading performance Thursday, October 10th at 6 p.m. at Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe.
Mitch Rayes was born breech in Detroit in 1958, the first of six children to a former Irish nun and a Lebanese chemist. He attended Wayne State University in Detroit as a Merit Scholar, and Naropa Institute in 1977, before the school was accredited. Mitch spent many years in Mexico as a professional guide and outfitter specializing in remote areas of Chiapas. His mountain cabin near San Cristobal was seized by armed indigenous rebels in 1994.
During the 1990's, he was influential in the developing Albuquerque poetry scene as a founder of the poetry non-profit Flaming Tongues, as editor for eight years of the Tongue newsletter, and as producer of several Albuquerque Poetry Festivals. Mitch has a long history of musical collaborations with area poets, and several recordings of his own words and music. He and his warehouse performance space THE PROJECTS received a 2013 Gratitude Award.
Levi Romero sends us the good news of a new book and we'll let you know of readings/booksignings to come. It's in collaboration with Spencer Herrera and Robert Kaiser, Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland. Do see more here.
Malpais Review Summer 2013 is out. 246 pages of James McGrath, Brazilian poetry, Niklas Tornlund, Lorca, Neruda, Tresha Haefner, Casandra Lopez plus Boucher, Brower, DeSimone, Gonzalez, Hada, Harris, Kidney, Kluckman, Machado, Northup, O'Brien, Parra, Raby, Randall, Roche, Schwartz, Slator, Smith, Swentzell, Toler, Tritica, and Warren! Gary Brower's poetry magazine is critical and essential for just about all active poets today, in my opinion. Congratulations Gary Brower and all involved. See Malpais Review.