Taos Journals

World Heavyweight Championship Poetry Bout

A June 2002 trip to Taos by E. B.

Taos Pueblo Photo, Taos, New Mexico More Photos
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!

World Heavyweight Championship Poetry Bout

Overview

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June is the time to go for the Poetry Circus. The Native American pueblos nearby also have festivals. Taos Pueblo has the San Antonio Feast Corn Dance and the San Juan Day Corn Dance during the month of June. The Picuris and San Juan pueblos are not too far away if you want to visit other Indian pueblos. I know that there are a lot of people who go to Taos to ski, but I have not visited Taos during the winter.Quick Tips: Taos has many hotels to choose from. There are also many low-priced condos, but most are concentrated in the ski areas. There are a few in the downtown area, so if you check around, you can find a condo for the price of a hotel. That way you can have a ki...Read More
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Until now, I had been pretty fearless in booking motels. There is only one motel that is far worse than this one...and that was one close to South Central LA. This motel was the picture of what people think of when they hear the word "MOTEL." It had a weird mildew scent coming from the sink. The room had two beds, a TV mounted to the ceiling, and a dresser drawer available for use. No refrigerator, no microwave. This was unfortunate for my friend who had just purchased some food. The bathtub shower curtain was cloth, which wasn't very good at keeping the water inside the tub during my shower. I had booked the best rate, but didn't realize how far the motel was from all the events, so now I kno...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 18, 2003

Budget Host Inn
1798 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur
Taos, New Mexico
(505) 758-2524

Michael's Kitchen Coffee Shop & Bakery

Restaurant | "Michael's Kitchen"

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We had brunch at Michael's Kitchen before visiting the Taos Pueblo. Amazing food. I had the atole-piñon pancakes (blue corn and pine nut pancakes), and I was in heaven. I had never tasted blue-corn pancakes, and although I love pine nuts, I have never tasted the two together. Coffee was good and strong, too. I hate weak coffee, and I didn't have to cover up the taste with sugar or cream. I drink it black, so taste and brew intensity are very important to me.

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
(505) 758-4178

Taos Poetry Circus

Attraction

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The Taos Poetry Circus is a weeklong festival that celebrates poetry. There are many events such as open-mike poetry readings, poetry workshops, and featured poets reading their work. The week culminates on Saturday with a World Heavyweight Championship Poetry Bout at the Sagebrush Inn. 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 th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2003

Taos Poetry Circus
1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, New Mexico

Taos Pueblo

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Taos Publeo"

Taos Pueblo Photo, Taos, New Mexico
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I wanted to visit the Taos Pueblo since it is such a historic site. I went with my camera and shot some great photos. It's $10 admission charge to enter the reservation, and $5 for each camera that you want to use on the site. You can find more information on their web site here. 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 b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 18, 2003

Taos Pueblo
Taos Pueblo
Taos, New Mexico