A June 2002 trip
to Taos by E. B.
Quote: I decided to go and support my friend who was a contender for the World Heavyweight Championship Poetry Bout. Little did I know that she was going to create an upset and win!
I had booked the best rate, but didn't realize how far the motel was from all the events, so now I know. I also found that the hotels that I called about the Circus rate quoted me wrong when I had called. Oh, well, I will plan better for the next time I visit Taos. At least I learned from my mistakes.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 18, 2003
Budget Host Inn
1798 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur
Taos, New Mexico
Restaurant | "Michael's Kitchen"
My friends were pleased with their meal, too. The waiters were very attentive. Excellent service. We waddled out of there extremely satiated. You can find their menus online here.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2003
Michael's Kitchen Coffee Shop & Bakery
304 Paseo del Publeo Norte
Taos, New Mexico 87571
The bout is similar to a boxing match. There are 10 rounds, but the two opponents square off with words instead of punches. There is a musical round in which the poet must utilize music into his/her poetry. The final round is the extemporare round, where each poet is given a word picked out of a bag with typewritten slips of paper. The poet must then create a poem on the spot utilizing the word picked out of the bag.
This round is the most exciting because you can see which poet can create a poem out of nothing right then and there. It's like rappers freestyling.
Tickets can cost $40 for the best seats, or just $20 for seats in the back. It's best to spring for the $40 reserved seats. Taos is a small community that loves the arts, so the whole community turns out for this event. The $20 general seats will mean you need to go hours early to get the best seats.
Taos Poetry Circus
1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, New Mexico
Attraction | "Taos Publeo"
I also wanted to purchase some sweet grass to burn. White sage is used for chasing away negative spirits and is found more readily than sweet grass, which is used to attract positive energies. I knew I would find some sweet grass in the Taos Pueblo, which I did.
When I was purchasing the sweet grass from the Taos Pueblo artist Gathering Flowers, who had many beautiful sculptures for sale, she mentioned that she was in L.A. for some time. She let me in on a secret Indian gathering place in downtown L.A. I guess at this spot, Native Americans would get together and drink and bang on garbage cans and the tops of their car hoods to make music. Almost a ceremonial ritual in the middle of all the downtown skyscrapers. Pretty cool, but I also know the spot is very close to Skid Row, so as much as I'd love to check it out, I won't since I wouldn't be safe unless I'm accompanied by an "insider."
My friends and I bought some fry bread and ate it with honey. Nothing like fry bread made on a reservation. I bought some cheap tourist trinkets since that's all I could afford. The really nice artwork costs at least $100 and up, and I just couldn't afford to buy it. Beautiful jewelry and sculptures that had a story behind each item, I'll bet.
There's also the famous San Geronimo Church on the premises. They do hold mass there, so if you want to attend mass, you should call the pueblo to check. The best way is to check the Taos Pueblo web site for the phone number and to call. The pueblo is 90% Catholic. Even the Catholics practice their own Native American religion together with Christianity, since Catholicism tends to coexist with other native religions like Santería in Cuba, Candomble in Brazil, or Vodou in Haiti. Not everyone can brag that they received a communion wafer from such a historic church.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 18, 2003
Taos, New Mexico