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It is a distinct honor to represent the city I now call “HOME” in my hometown paper! Humbled, that a readership of 70,000 in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area is proud of how I serve community 2,000 miles away. Thank you Kim Mulford, the City of Albuquerque, my parents, the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program, and the Courier Post! Read the article here. 

It is a distinct honor to represent the city I now call “HOME” in my hometown paper! Humbled, that a readership of 70,000 in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area is proud of how I serve community 2,000 miles away. Thank you Kim Mulford, the City of Albuquerque, my parents, the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program, and the Courier Post! Read the article here

Congratulations and Acknowledgment from the Senate of the NM State Legislature…to be shared with the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program (APLP) organizing committee and founding sponsors. It was you, not me, who made the Albuquerque poet laureate a possibility! You, who made me feel like I’ve done the impossible. Thank you APLP organizing committee for your dedication, work and persistence. Thank YOU, Senator Tim Keller, for initiating this recognition. Lastly, we also thank the Senate of New Mexico’s 50th Legislature for following suit.
-Hakim Bellamy
Albuquerque Poet Laureate

Congratulations and Acknowledgment from the Senate of the NM State Legislature…to be shared with the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program (APLP) organizing committee and founding sponsors. It was you, not me, who made the Albuquerque poet laureate a possibility! You, who made me feel like I’ve done the impossible. Thank you APLP organizing committee for your dedication, work and persistence. Thank YOU, Senator Tim Keller, for initiating this recognition. Lastly, we also thank the Senate of New Mexico’s 50th Legislature for following suit.

-Hakim Bellamy

Albuquerque Poet Laureate

Poem written for Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program Interview Segment

“Glory is not a conceit. It is not a decoration for valor.

Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself

To a cause, to your principles

To the people on whom you rely

And who rely on you in return.”

-Senator John McCain

 

 

Hero (for Poet Laureate of Albuquerque)

 

I’ve heard of God

Washing feet

But never writing poems

Even the Bible

Was written by man

 

God?

Was more of a performance poet

More about people

Than paper

More about practice

Than pens

 

And though God gets angry

And sometimes screams

She’s no slam poet

Not so big on ego

 

So in love

with nature

(And it’s androgynous qualities)

That Apollo found laurel’s sacred

And fashioned them into crowns

To king the meek

 

Poets & Heroes

 

Laureate means glory

We be the dispatches

That announce the victory

 

We be beyond

The Parliamentary Poet Laureate

Of Canada

With alternating terms in two languages

 

We before

We be

Four

Officially recognized languages

English, Spanish

AND Spanglish

 

Plus we speak

Sheet music

 

Written for the

Conquistadores’ trumpet

Before the conquest

 

Conjure constructs

As though our words

Carry the DNA

Of La Raza Cosmica

 

Our tongues

Should tie people together

Like the rope

Of Pope

Cause the revolution’s

Inside of us

 

But most of all

We have to meet two requirements

To be servants

And to be continually inspired

 

The people will admire

Us finding it

 

And in refinding it

            And refinding it

 

And we’ll feel like a hero

Every time we write it

 

But it is us

Not the writing

That we should be striving

For them to admire

 

But alas

Every laureate will strive

To satisfy

The Roman Philosopher

Inside of us

 

As Pliny the Elder said

True glory

Consists in doing

What deserves to be written

In writing what deserves to be read

 

Hakim Bellamy February 22, 2012

The Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program is sponsored by Escuela del Sol Montessori,
a 501(c)(3) organization in Albuquerque, NM.

Your donation is tax deductable.
All Donors of $50 or over in 2011 will be listed as a Founding Sponsor/Collaborator.