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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

07:00 PM  
KAKTUS features Larry Goodell & Jules Nyquist plus open mic

February 23rd KAKTUS features: Larry Goodell & Jules Nyquist

Hosted by John Roche

 via Zoom. 7 pm Mountain Time

Features followed by open mic


Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  You will also be asked if you want to read at the open mic. If you say YES you'll be on the list!


Larry Goodell - 50 Years of Performance Poetry - VSA Albuquerque - May 2019   - Muscle Parlour from The Staff of Ometeotl       



Larry's latest book:  Escape

Coming soon: Breath

What Jules Nyquist says about Larry Goodell:
Larry has me sitting up in the middle of the night, wondering about life, love, war, and death, talking with the creator. His poems and drawings are clear fables, alien stories, truth parading in spirals. His muse is full of imagination and wonder.

About Larry Goodell:
Poetry for me is making things, at least making things happen, so that a 3 dimensional poetry is possible and the ancient voices of ceremony are given voice . . . and in a time of cold-shouldering big publishers I advocate the Poet as Publisher. . .

I was born in Roswell, NM in 1935 & I've been here in Placitas since '63, I learned from USC in L.A., studied with Robert Creeley in NM, went to the Vancouver Poetry Conference of '63 to study with Olson, Ginsberg, Duncan, Whalen, went to the Berkeley Poetry Conference in '65, and married photographer/artist Lenore Goodell in '68.

I founded Duende Press in '64 followed by Fervent Valley. I fabricated then staged my first event poems at the Thunderbird Bar in Placitas and at UNM. In 1972 toured the country doing poetry performances with Stephen Rodefer. I organized readings for Downtown Saturday Night, the Rio Grande Writers Association, the Central Torta Series, Albuquerque United Artists, and for many years the Living Batch Bookstore. More recently Silva's Saloon and the Duende Poetry Series for its 12 year run in Placitas at Anasazi Fields Winery. An aim is to find places and audiences for my work and other poets' work in blogs, music, document sites, radio, online discoveries and, of course, publish on demand.





Jules Nyquist reading in-person at Kaktus Brewing early 2019.

(before the pandemic)


Atomic Paradise explores the nuclear history and the dawn of the atomic age. This collection of poems focus on the author’s experiences living in New Mexico, a land of incredible beauty, that is in the heart of the nuclear military/industrial complex. Atomic Paradise takes us from the author’s experience growing up in the Cold War, to reflections on the Manhattan Project, and poet/physicist Dr. Robert Oppenheimer. These poems also explore Hiroshima and the dropping of the bomb, the spread of nuclear weapons throughout the world and nuclear tourism, and the fallout of the nuclear industry in New Mexico. The Japanese internment camps in Santa Fe and the Trinity Site are included along with nuclear waste and the environment in the Southwest. Throughout are the author’s personal observations to make this huge topic of the nuclear war and the resulting nuclear industry a bit more human, and very relevant.

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For those of us raised in the shadow of nuclear annihilation – and that is everyone born after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima – this reality is a terrifying and inescapable one. Jules Nyquist investigates this terrain with imagination and compassion. Of the Titan Missiles, she sees how “normalcy” has replaced the Cold War: “Tourists line up for tickets/ at the museum silo on the highway/ that runs down to Mexico.”  Robert Oppenheimer is here, in his atomic Promethean role, as is Trinity Site. So much of this history happened in New Mexico that it benefits from the insights of a New Mexican writer. Important material, beautifully expressed.

— Miriam Sagan, Santa Fe, NM


Jules Nyquist’s Atomic Paradise is a passionate and tough minded collection of poems about one of humankind’s greatest follies and mistakes. In her strikingly clear and authentic voice, Nyquist describes in exquisite detail the lurking world of anxiety that is the principal side effect of the Nuclear Age. For everyone alert to this hidden reality of the 21st century, and its potential to create an atomic Paradise Lost, Nyquist’s poems are essential reading.

 — V.B. Price, The Orphaned Land, New Mexico’s Environment Since the Manhattan Project

Atomic Paradise renews and explores the A-Bomb industry beginnings and continuums. It includes Robert Oppenheimer and places of origin, development, tragic use, aftermath and 

nuclear energy problems of storage, integral especially to New Mexico. Nyquist's poetry is story telling which brings this alive and with world-wide connections, expanding our essential awareness -- for New Mexico and all points beyond.

— larry goodell, placitas, nm


Atomic Paradise brilliantly captures the dichotomies and contradictions that define the Atomic Age: atomic and paradise; millenarian and apocalyptic; otherworldly and banal. It is a time in which one can, to take the title of one of Nyquist’s most compelling poems, “Build the Apocalypse Inside Your Garage.” Nyquist cleverly interrogates the Christian eschatological implications of nuclear technology in the language of the banal versus the sublime: “It’s only a hobby, to see if it’s possible to be God.” All you need, apparently, is some duct tape and a bit of plastic. This theme of the metaphysical implications of nuclear physics is further developed in lines like this gem about the head of the Manhattan Project: “Oppie was a young scientist following his teacher — a poet called to be a shaman”: Indeed, poets who were called to be shamans who were called destroyer of worlds. Nyquist’s Atomic Paradise challenges us to confront this reality and in doing so brings us to a much more profound understanding of our Atomic Age.

— the late Scott C. Zeman, Visiting Professor of Humanities and Communication, New Mexico Tech



Jules Nyquist is the founder of Jules’ Poetry Playhouse in Placitas, NM, a place for poetry and play. She took her MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College, VT. Her latest book is Atomic Paradise, an exploration of growing up in the Cold War and living in the Land of Enchantment surrounded by nuclear secrets. Her other award-winning books are Zozobra Poems, 2019 NM/AZ Book Award winner in philosophy and  Homesick, then 2018 NM/AZ Book Award winner in poetry. She has been interviewed in print, online and on the radio by most recently, KUNM’s Women Folk (Albuquerque), KJZZ’s International Women’s HERstory (Tucson).  She is co-editor of the Poets Speak series with the award-winning HERS anthology. Her website is www.julesnyquist.com