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V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014

Book Review

Being Poetry, Serving Albuquerque

Time Served

Carlos Contreras’ first book of poems, Time Served, brings you the verbal pyrotechnics and heartfelt emotion that many of us have watched being born in this young man’s work. Reading it is a cause for celebration.

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V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014
Ocelot, Leopardus pardalis
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Letters

Wherein the readers compose ABQ zoo poetry and respond to Paul Gessing’s thoughts on minimum wage, and Weekly Alibi issues a correction for NM Street Press’ “Mediating Heroin and Harm Reduction.”

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Books

Shift Your Paradigm

Jimmy Santiago Baca to appear at Bookworks

I want to tell you:

don't lie! If you're going to read a poem

about a kid getting his head blown off,

don't raw jaw your cotton-tipped tongue

to gain the sugary aplomb and donut favor

of English Department heads, who like you

and never scavenged food from dumpsters, who like you

and never stood in welfare lines, who like you

while gleaning misery topics from The New York Times.

–excerpt from “Set This Book on Fire!”

Jimmy Santiago Baca is one of New Mexico's treasures—the living, breathing kind. Born in Santa Fe, he spent five years in prison back in the '70s on drug charges. Since then, with as words sharp and clear as a knife, he's become an award-winning poet and a powerful voice for social justice.

His new collection of selected poems, Singing at the Gates, opens with an author's note that delves energetically into his broken youth, how his “work with words, like a blacksmith on his anvil, was slowly breaking the tangible attachments to my criminal and illiterate past and creating—through writing and language and reading books—a paradigm shift.” For anyone who's ever had their life changed through art or words, Jimmy Santiago Baca is a poet that speaks your language. See him at Bookworks tomorrow at 3pm.

Jimmy Santiago Baca Reading

Saturday, Jan. 4, 3pm

Bookworks
4022 Rio Grande NW
bkwrks.com, 344-8139
V.22 No.49 | 12/5/2013

Book Review

Plastered Poesy

A Deep & Gorgeous Thirst

Burque poet Hosho McCreesh gets sloshed and eloquent in his new collection.

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V.22 No.46 | 11/14/2013
Jamie Kilstein

Art Scenester

Busting a Gut and Breaking the Mold

Acclaimed comic Jamie Kilstein benefits poetry, funnily enough

Former slam poet and co-host of the politically irreverent podcast “Citizen Radio,” Jamie Kilstein lends his talents to benefit Abq’s Poet Laureate program.
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Book Review

Coming and Going, Endlessly

On Migration: Dangerous Journeys and the Living World

On Migration: Dangerous Journeys and the Living World is about where we belong and where we call home.

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V.22 No.45 | 11/7/2013
Gary Snyder and Jack Loeffler
courtesy of Quivira Coalition

Arts Feature

Adaptation and the Environmental Beat

Poet-activist Gary Snyder lands in Albuquerque

At the Inspiring Adaptation conference, Gary Snyder explores land ethics as only a Pulitzer-winning poet could do.
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V.22 No.40 | 10/3/2013
Matthew John Conley at Poetry and Beer by Noel Franklin
courtesy of the artist

Scene and Heard

Happy 21st Beerthday, Poetry and Beer!

An Albuquerque institution ages almost gracefully

Time to imbibe: A venerable Albuquerque performance event is finally of legal drinking age.
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V.22 No.39 | 9/26/2013
Logan “Dirtyverbs” Phillips in action

Art Scenester

An Artist's Church

Fred Sturm and Logan Phillips bring artistic ruminations to Chatter Sunday

Sunday mornings have always been set aside for church, even for the people who organize and coordinate Chatter Sundays, the music-and-arts series that began as the Church of Beethoven.

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Book Review

Found in Translation

Spain's Great Untranslated

Spain’s Great Untranslated is a new anthology that deals with issues as disparate as terrorism, love, grief and addiction, styles range from the darkly comic to the starkly tragic.

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V.22 No.33 | 8/15/2013
Torben Bjørn Hansen

Art Theater Preview

Leave the Kids at Home, Pearly Sweetcake

Did you know how twisted Shel Silverstein, the author of The Giving Tree, really was? A brand new Albuquerque theater would like to show you.
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V.22 No.29 | 7/18/2013
Tanaya Winder
Douglas Miles (Apache Skateboards)

Arts Profile

Let Poetry Be Thy Medicine

Tanaya Winder’s extraordinarily ordinary journey

For many, the word “medicine” conjures images of pills and syrups distributed by doctors cloaked in white. But for poet and editor Tanaya Winder, medicine takes a different form.

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V.22 No.26 | 6/27/2013
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Music to Your Ears

Southwestern “Street Hassle”

Prose poetry in the vein of queer outrage

Alibi Copy Editor/Staff Writer Mark Lopez shares prose poetry inspired by Lou Reed's "Street Hassle."

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