Po­etic be­gin­nings and end­ings

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Va­lerie Martínez has been poet lau­re­ate of Santa Fe for the last two years. She of­fers a feast of po­ems for her farewell read­ing from noon to 1 p.m. onWed­nes­day, March 17, at the Santa Fe Arts Com­mis­sion Com­mu­nity Gallery at the Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (201W. Marcy St; call 955-6705 for in­for­ma­tion). The event is free, and a light lunch is pro­vided. Martínez’s cur­tain call co­in­cides with the release of her third book of orig­i­nal po­etry, This Is How It Be­gan, ded­i­cated to the peo­ple of the city po­etic who have “ed­u­cated, en­light­ened, and deep­ened her love for Santa Fe.” Be­fore as­sum­ing the role of poet lau­re­ate in 2008, Martínez taught at the Col­lege of Santa Fe, play­ing a ma­jor role in re­viv­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of po­etry across the cam­pus. She es­tab­lished Poem-Palooza, an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary event fea­tur­ing ac­tors, dancers, artists, and poets. Martínez’s first two books, Ab­sence,

Lu­mi­nes­cent and World to World, es­tab­lished her in­spi­ra­tional re­la­tion­ship with Santa Fe; and in the lines of the poem “And They Called It Hori­zon,” from her new book, Martínez de­liv­ers scenic sen­ti­men­tal­ity with a fit­ting fi­nal ges­ture as poet lau­re­ate:

It was a seed, imag­ine it, smaller

than the eye’s dark pupil, smaller

than the tini­est yel­low idea of seed,

and tinier. In­side, the dream

of some­thing blue and un­be­liev­ably wide,

some­thing ris­ing to blue,

al­gún en­cuen­tro mag­ní­fico de mar­rón y azul.

Va­lerie Martínez

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