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Larry Goodell
photo credit: —Lenore Goodell

Goodell bookcovers; cover designs by Lenore Goodell

Signpost featured artist: The performative poetry of Larry Goodell

—Oli Robbins

“Poetry for me is making things, at least making things happen, so that a three-dimensional poetry is possible and the ancient voices of ceremony are given voice...” This is the sentiment of Placitas poet Larry Goodell, whose poems of the past half-decade were recently published as three books by Albuquerque’s Beatlick Press. Goodell refers to the books, comprised of poetry dating from 2011 to 2014, as a sort of “journal explosion.” Says Goodell, “Journals are my mainstay and have been for most of my creative life. I always have one with me with a pen.” The books include more imagery than do his previous publications. His drawings compliment the poems and offer further insight into the poet’s cerebrations. Goodell’s writing process is a spontaneous one, and he never knows when it’s going to occur. When it does, it’s all at once—an entire poem completed in a sitting. “Everything for me happens at the time of writing. I don’t revise, ever.”

Goodell is a longtime resident of Placitas, engaging with the culture and land for more than half a century. He now has eight decades under his belt, but started life in Roswell, New Mexico (calling himself “just a hayseed from Roswell”), where he played the piano and tried his hand at writing. He went to University of Southern California, thinking that he would either enter the sciences, or become a filmmaker or musician. Goodell professes to have spent several years writing “awful stuff” before finding his voice and style.

Moving to Placitas in 1963 ushered in a series of seminal relationships, beginning with an introduction to American poet Robert Creeley, who helped Goodell refine his poetic approach and output. Later that year, Goodell traveled to Vancouver where he attended a poetry conference and studied with renowned poets Charles Olson, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Duncan, and Philip Whalen. In ‘64, back in Placitas, he established Duende Press and began using a mimeograph to publish his own work and that of others. But perhaps most central to Goodell’s developing poetic vision was meeting his wife Lenore, whom he married in ‘68. “That gave me the jolt,” says Goodell, “the visual jolt and the true love jolt.” Goodell continues to marvel at Lenore’s capacity to perceive the visual world truly and comprehensively. “Her sense of seeing is absolutely remarkable. She points out things you overlook, she sees things that are just incredible. She helped me with my visual sensibility and sophistication.” Lenore is a lifelong photographer and received an MFA in sculpture from UNM. She has been a constant inspiration for Goodell and has, at times, collaborated with him—sometimes making objects that would accompany Goodell at his readings.

There was a time when Goodell would take a bevy of items to readings and on tour. Paraphernalia, costumes, and objects became part of the total work of art. “It became extremely elaborate at one point,” says Goodell, who now tends to be more restrained with visual effects—sometimes cutting out his poems and painting watercolors on the backs, which can be hung from a clothesline and face the audience. The performance of the poem has always been paramount, indelibly connected to the words themselves. “When I would write a poem,” says Goodell, “I’d have a sense of how it was to be performed and what was needed to do it at the time of writing.” Though Goodell’s performances are energetic events that engage the viewer/listener, he conceives of them as relating more closely to ceremony than to theater. The objects that he creates for his readings are complete, three-dimensional things that can be viewed in the round. “In theater,” says Goodell, “you’re only concerned with the two dimensions. When you’re making a set, you don’t care about what the back of it looks like. But for something ceremonial, you care about the whole object.”

One’s sense of place seems to relate strongly to one’s sense of self, and Goodell firmly believes in the power of place. “Living in the village in the acequia system, being a native New Mexican—all of this is part of one’s sensibility and enters into the work. It’s implied. Sense of place is so pervasive, and wherever you are and wherever you’re working, your neighbors are not only your human neighbors but every creature that lives within your particular realm. All is the frame of your creative work.”

Goodell will be partaking in two readings this month: Anasazi Fields Winery’s Holiday Poetry Open Mic event on December 13, at 2:00 p.m. and South Broadway Cultural Center’s Resolana: Lux program (headlined by Albuquerque’s poet laureate and national poetry slam champion Hakim Bellamy) on December 17, at 7:00 p.m. Goodell’s books, broken garden & the unsaid sings, Digital Remains and Pieces of Heart are currently available for purchase from the author and at Copies can also be checked out from the Placitas Community Library. Visit and to access Goodell’s poems, performances, songs, and musings.

c. Larry Goodell

c. Larry Goodell

Presidio Saxophone Quartet

PAS presents saxophone quartet, art show

For its December 13 concert, the Placitas Artists Series offers a change of pace from traditional chamber music, presenting the Presidio Saxophone Quartet from southern Arizona. The group will perform an eclectic mix of classical and jazz pieces, including both works written for saxophone quartet and transcriptions of pieces written for other instruments.

The concert is generously sponsored by Sally and Jack Curro, and Rondi and Duane Thornton.

Prior to the concert, a 2:00 p.m. visual artists reception will feature the art of Lisa Chernoff, fused glass; Amy Ditto, photography and digital art; Katherine Irish, pastel; and Elzbieta Kaleta, paper cutouts, mixed media, and photography. Their works, which are for sale, are on display from November 28 to December 25.

Lisa Chernoff says about her work, “As an explorer and experimenter in glass sculpture, I most often gain my inspiration from the nature around me coaxing and extracting from my imagination into existence.”

Amy Ditto says, “I strive to push the boundaries between photography and other art forms to communicate the inherent vibrancy of the world around us.”

Katherine Irish says, “Nature is a window to a presence much larger than we are. Nature and light teach us about impermanence. My art points to being mindful of our ever changing experiences of life’s beauty.”

Elżbieta Kaleta says, “For me every day is a celebration of life. That’s probably why my favorite subject is the Tree of Life design. The message is clear and strong: celebrate, enjoy, value, and save LIFE.”

For a second year, PAS is also hosting one of three Albuquerque-area holiday concerts presented by the Santa Fe Opera and featuring two of their singers and a pianist. [See ad, page 19, this Signpost.] This free, one-hour concert will be December 7, at 7:00 p.m. There will be no intermission. No tickets are required, but audience members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation for the Casa Rosa Food Pantry.

The PAS concert and visual artist reception, as well as the SFO holiday concert, will take place at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas, located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible.

Tickets for the PAS concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert or may be purchased for twenty dollars in advance at The Merc Grocery Store in Homestead Village Shopping Center, Placitas; Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store, now located at 160 S. Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo; or on-line at Tickets at the door are twenty dollars for general admission and $15 for students with ID. Music students through high school are admitted free with a paying adult.

Placitas Artists Series projects are made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, call 867-8080 or visit

Knitted detail, by Riha Rothberg

Wearable art Trunk Show at PCL

Wearable art returns to the Placitas Community Library in December with the work of six local artist/designers. Whether you seek handmade items as gifts, or to adorn yourself with, this trunk show is worth a look.

Judith Roderick, “Naturepainter,” will offer her charming and often whimsical hand-painted silk scarves featuring cranes, bobcats, and other fauna and flora. Check out all her work at

Geri Verble, “Tribal Bear Designs,” creates her version of tribal and ethnic jewelry using beads from all over the globe, while Sandy Johnson’s “Beads del Sol” work has a decidedly contemporary feel. Geri’s website is

Bunny Bowen was the featured artist at the Placitas Holiday Sale. You will have another opportunity to see her wax resist and painted silk techniques here. Bunny’s new work is inspired by travels in the Northwest. Yes, you can wear a waterfall. Her website is

Riha Rothberg departs from painting to satisfy a fiber-and-bead addiction. She crochets and embellishes hats, scarves, and other slightly skewed accessories for the cool seasons. Patty Baron is new to the show this year, bringing her imaginative recycled woolen eco-chic clothing, “Shrunken Threads”.

The artists donate a percentage of their sales to the Library, so you can support local artists and your local library in one stroke. The reception and trunk show will take place on December 5, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Some work will remain in the Collin Room through the month of December. For more information, call the Library Help Desk at 867- 3355 or Riha at 771-1006. The Library is located at 453 Highway 165, about four and a half miles east of I-25. The event is open to the public and free.

Buy The Quilters Cookbook; help a child

—Sidney Hill

If you have an appetite for good food and a desire for helping worthy causes, the Sandoval County Chapter of Project Linus has a deal for you. For fifteen dollars, you can purchase a cookbook with more than three hundred recipes from quilters. All proceeds from the sales of The Quilters Cookbook will be used to purchase materials for making more blankets for families.

Project Linus is a national nonprofit organization of volunteers who work with police and fire departments, hospitals, and other agencies to provide blankets for children to cling to when they suffer traumatic experiences, such as a serious illness, the death of a loved one, or finding their family homeless. The Project Linus volunteers make all the blankets themselves. The Sandoval County distributes hundreds of blankets across five Northern New Mexico counties (Sandoval, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, and Los Alamos) each year.

“Raising funds to support the Sandoval County Chapter is essential to continue our work,” an introduction to The Quilters Cookbook states. “If you don’t need a cookbook, you can still support Project Linus by donating fabric, yarn, cash, or gift cards. For more information, or to buy a cookbook, call 867-7547, or 867-7535.

c. Roger Evans

Sculptural whimsy, by Roger Evans; cement, copper, and steel; at Corrales Bosque Gallery

Corrales Bosque Gallery shows holiday cheer

The Corrales Bosque Gallery is continues its Holiday Show now through mid-January. Discover the creativity and excitement of the work of sculptures, jewelers, painters, photographers, potters, and more. As usual, artists will bring in ornaments and cards throughout the season. The gallery is located at 4685 Corrales Road in the heart of historic old Corrales. It is owned and operated by local artists and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. For more information, call 898-7203 or go to

27th Old Church Fine Crafts Show shines

From December 4 to December 6, at Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro, there will be a free arts and crafts show presented by the Corrales Historical Society’s Visual Arts Council. The show will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. This is the original Corrales Holiday Arts and Crafts Show that features many of New Mexico’s finest artists. Prices range from a two dollars to up to approximately $250 dollars. Proceeds from the show go to preservation and maintenance of the Old Church that serves as the cultural and historical heart of the Village of Corrales.

This year’s artists and art forms include: Camille Argeanas, wire jewelry; Vicki Bolen, paper arts and origami; Laura Bourdier, clay and recycled glass; Michelle Chisholm, pottery, soaps and lotion bars; Erica Collins, woodcut prints, watercolor cards and journals; Sally DeBerry-Hinds, bead woven jewelry; Marlies Diels, pottery; Annette Galvano, fiber art; Renee Gentz, fiber; Janet Hevey, clay figures and decorative objects; Jay Hevey, carved wooden figures and decorative figures; Mario Hinojo, gourd art; D L Horton, glass and jewelry; Elizabeth Huffman, silver jewelry; Debbie Jones, fabric collage, cards and ornaments; Sandra Lipka, pottery; Nancy O’Brien, handmade purses; Kristen Parrott, stone carving, crystal stuffed acorns and notecards; Sharon Patrick, gourds; Tony Purley, beadwork and silverwork; Mary Jane Rodriquez, handmade lavender and herbal goat milk soaps and lotions, lavender sachets and lip balm; Nancy Sala, mixed media; Joyce Scott, bead jewelry; Debbie Skilling, jams and jellies; Catherine Veblen, pottery; Diane Wilhoite, weavings and fiber art; Helmut Wolf, wood.

Under Charlie’s Covers to host award-winning author Nasario Garcia

—Lara Harrison

Award-winning author and translator Nasario Garcia will talk with patrons and sign copies of his new book, Grandma Lale’s Tamales: A Christmas Story for children, and Bernalillo for adults, on December 12, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Grandma Lale’s Tamales won the International Latino Book Award for Children’s Books and Bernalillo won in it’s category. Bernalillo won in the 2014 New Mexico and Arizona Book Awards and Grandma Lale’s Tamales is a finalist. Garcia will have some of his other books available as well. Under Charlie’s Covers is located at 160 South Camino Del Pueblo, Suite B in Bernalillo, next to The Vision Store. Store hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The phone number is 404-2097 and the website is

Holiday craft and confection workshop offered by NMSU Cooperative Extension

Seven county cooperative extension offices of the New Mexico State University are coming together in Bernalillo to offer a Holiday Extravaganza workshop. Home Economists from around the state will offer an afternoon workshop of holiday crafts and confections on December 7, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., at the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension offices, first floor (old Sandoval Courthouse), 711 Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo. The workshop will showcase creative crafts and confections for gift giving in a hands-on environment. The cost is ten dollars, which will cover all materials, refreshments, and a pamphlet of all crafts and recipes to take home. For more information and to reserve your spot, call Nicole Lujan at 867-2582.

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