200 New Mexico Poems in Celebration of 1912-2012 Centennial

200 New Mexico Poems in Celebration of 1912-2012 Centennial, edited by Lisa Jackson, is being published by Univ. of NM Press, 2013.
Bonnie is the only Southwestern poet to be included in the collection which celebrates both the past and future of The Land of Enchantment.

Spring as a Poem

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam
and the deer and the antelope play
“Home on the Range”,
Dr. Brewster M. Higley, 1870’s

A fox in a box
amazed a human
astonished the fox.
A bird box, a fox box
a fox will adapt.

Spring is a coyote pup
free of its dank den
frolicking in warm sand
and popping into a poem.

Canvas gloves grasp phrases,
too lubricious for bare hands,
parse recalcitrant verbs
and sere hollyhock stalks.
Winter has composted a stew
a wild alchemic brew!

You hated the deer
that munched your lettuce
and inhaled peach blossoms.
Long-eared rodents!
You loved the deer,
lived in harmony
with flashing white tails
and soulful eyes.
The deer were ousted,
wanted and not wanted.

Another year of drought
puny snowpack,
crisped forests.
puddled streams and rivers.

Cyclists in psychedelic shades
ride to conquer Highway Fifteen
and Aldo Leopold students
brighten noontime roadsides.

Hands in the air and cheers
for the end of violence
toward women.
Voices of two hundred
mostly young people
in the Silco
in the world,
encircling the globe
for the safety of women
for the power of poetry.

Soul comprehends
I am thou,
the gift of the ordinary,
the plum blossom
that froze the day
of its advent
so brief is life
so precious our gift.

Spring Commemorative Poem
Bonnie Buckley Maldonado
Poet Laureate
Silver City and Grant County, NM
April 15, 2013


Bonnie Buckley Maldonado
Inaugural Poet Laureate

I am dreaming books and poems. I am involved with the planning of Silver City’s very first book festival scheduled for Sept. 27-29 in Downtown Silver City. It is an opportunity to showcase Southwestern writers in our unique historic town.

The Southwest Festival of the Written Word will present an outstanding group of authors including Ana Castillo, Mark Medoff and Denise Chavez. A number of fine local authors will be joining them.

As Poet Laureate of Southwestern New Mexico, I anticipate reading with poets laureate, Hakim Bellamy of Albuquerque and Rebecca Sefeirle of Tucson.

One of the reasons I love being a writer is to be able to stress the importance of preserving our stories. Many children live in homes without books. They do not hear stories at home. As a teacher and author, I want to help change that.

I cannot imagine my life without writing. My goal is to have my fifth book of poems in the hands of a publisher by the end of 2013.