Ralph Melcher

Ralph Melcher
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
April 13
Ralph Melcher is a poet and essayist living and working in Santa Fe New Mexico.


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I finally got around to seeing the movie 'Selma' and I had to drive to (of all places) Los Alamos, to see it, as it had been replaced in Santa Fe by a movie about white retirees in India. Over the past month or more the film was always on the… Read full post »

JANUARY 5, 2015 10:56PM

The Best Since "The Wire"

I just finished watching the final episode of this 4 season series from AMC and Netflix. I'd heard about the Danish version for some time, but decided to check out the American version first because, well, I don't speak Danish and I'd just watched an episode of another Danish cop series… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 21, 2014 10:44PM


Are you catching this?

Obama is playing the Long Game. The ACE of BASS. 

(I've always admired his ability to stick to the Long Game

in the face our short term view of politics based on FEAR.)

The politics that are going on right now are AMAZING!

Obama is actually doing what we originally elected him… Read full post »
AUGUST 17, 2014 9:54PM


The videos from Ferguson, Missouri, of unarmed demonstrators and neighborhood people being confronted by lines of advancing police using military hardware revived memories of my own experiences in 1966 and again in 1968. I was at the time a student enrolled in a special summertime program for disadva… Read full post »
AUGUST 10, 2014 7:04PM


It was that year when the southern weather crossed a certain threshold and so did my age, when I no longer wanted to embrace the dying forests. Those brutally long hikes that took me to the edge, baptized in exhausted sweat to reveal the wide world from mountaintops were noRead full post »
JULY 29, 2014 7:54PM

Three Short Pieces


When the drama has faded
and there's less distraction
something still remains:

That feeling in the first moments
before there was doubt.

Both surprised to learn
the curious attraction
endures only
in a world outside of fairytales.

*    *    *

I sit writing o
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MAY 30, 2014 1:06AM


The city that pretends to be paradise
opens its arms and is destroyed
by it's own virtues.

Among the roses we are wandering,
through adventures in buying and selling,
we are wondering about the meaning of man.

Everything is out of place,
everything beautiful is cancelled by dust,
here in the City of Commerce… Read full post »
MAY 26, 2014 12:09AM

To Soften the Heart



To soften the heart.

To be at peace.

To cease one's war with everything.

To accept surprise.

To approach with wonder.

To find patience.

To honor what is.

To allow for love.

To relinquish control.

To become oneself.

To blossom into joy.

To give without demanding.

To be true.

To surrender.

To live.

To sRead full post »

MARCH 2, 2014 12:39PM

Black Boy

In the past several months I've been listening to lectures and reading course materials associated with the Open Yale Courses online program, which is one of the most valuable educational resources I've ever come across (and it's free). The latest course I've been following is one on TRead full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2013 10:04PM

If It Smells Like Religion...

New Rule: 'If it looks like a religion and acts like a religion and smells like a's probably a religion.'

Our brave hidalgo mounts the southbound train and proceeds upon adventures that will bring him face to face not with windmills, as they are of an archaic character and are onlyRead full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2013 9:17AM

Chomsky Responds To Truthers

I recently made a comment in an online forum that listening to Noam Chomsky for me was an act of self-torture. Not that his contribution to political discourse isn't incredibly valuable in terms of presenting an alternative point of view than that of the mainstream. Chomsky approaches the world in a… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 10:34PM

Defending Us From Healthcare

Unlike our Calvinist brethren and most of the members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce I believe that healthcare is a basic human right. I actually believe that the way healthcare is practiced in the United States qualifies almost as a criminal enterprise. Certainly I'm not happy with many of the… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 8:24PM

Walter Hits The Mirror

Intensely blue skies
seen through sunglasses
high maintenance life
in the desert
diseases of the mind
deep lines in the landscape
of that face
criminal behaviors
lies for the best of reasons
stronger than love
the keys to power
in the reflection
of faces
lines across the desert
wrong movements
sky and earth
too late… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 8, 2013 9:48PM

Reflections on 'Blue Jasmine'

Amid all of the vampire flicks and light comedies in the popular sphere a rising vogue in the blockbuster circuit is for movies about class division and conflicts writ large portrayed in mostly epic terms (Hunger Games, Elysium, Les Miserables). Most of these create a comfortable distance f/… Read full post »
JULY 22, 2013 9:46PM

Can Fast Food Cure Obesity?

The following article is featured in the current issue of The Atlantic. 

Here's the summary: Demonizing processed food may be dooming many to obesity and disease. Could embracing the drive-thru make us all healthier?

Since I'm a grocer and one of those whom… Read full post »
JULY 9, 2013 10:46PM

We Have Been Assimilated


Summary: Two artifacts of mass media, launched one after another more than four decades gone: Star Trek in 1967 and The Night of the Living Dead in 1968, enjoy continued popularity in this summer's blockbuster roster. They embody two contradictory poles in America’s current and ongoing p/Read full post »

MAY 19, 2013 10:35PM

Zombie Nation

The other night I was sitting having a beer in a friend's house trailer, making conversation about the fate of the world, occasionally casting a glance at the flat screen television mounted near the ceiling. Not being a regular television watcher, the idea of having the image factory going
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APRIL 7, 2013 11:49PM

Roger and Me

I never knew Roger Ebert although I was at a party with him once, in 1983 at the Telluride Film Festival. He seemed to be a nice, unpretentious guy ready to have a good time with others, bathing in the world he loved the best, the movies. At the time I/

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MARCH 10, 2013 1:35PM

Save The Tank!

For those of you who read my essay Hearing Voices and would like to have a sense of the actual experience inside the Tank, you can watch a video, listen to sound samples and take part in the current Kickstarter Campaign to Save the Tank for future musical adventures.

MARCH 3, 2013 12:22AM

Hearing Voices (Revisited)

In the fall of 2001, under a harvest moon on the last weekend of September, three weeks after the bombing of the World Trade Center, a group of musicians and artists of various sorts gathered in Rangely, Colorado for an extraordinary event. I drove up from Santa Fe, New

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FEBRUARY 23, 2013 7:36PM

Winter Afternoon Santa Fe

The late stillness of day
off season.

Old friends that once were close
in the dust they disappeared.

Wired shadows unwind the trees
shapes slowly vanish against adobe walls
silhouettes stretch into diagonals
sky stone blue and clear.

Evening birds
remind us of the silence
FEBRUARY 10, 2013 6:05PM

The Train - An Introduction

So, I'm reading Pynchon again. That's Thomas Pynchon's Against The Day, one of his most recent novels. I always go back to Pynchon, the person that made me fall in love with writing. I remember the day and the moment of impending revelation. I remember, in fact the precise angle from which/… Read full post »

JANUARY 19, 2013 4:19PM

Just when you thought...

"This theory of political transformation rests on the weaponization (and slight bastardization) of the work by Yale political scientist Stephen Skowronek. Skowronek has written extensively about what distinguishes transformational presidents from caretaker presidents. In order forRead full post »
JANUARY 16, 2013 10:16PM

The Storytellers

This morning the first thing that I saw in my inbox was a link to the story of how a neighbor of the elementary school in Newtown who sheltered a group of kids and a bus driver for several hours while the horror unfolded next door has been harassed by people who believe that/Read full post »
JANUARY 16, 2013 10:05PM

The Storytellers

This morning the first thing that I saw in my inbox was a link to the story of how a neighbor of the elementary school in Newtown who sheltered a group of kids and a bus driver for several hours while the horror unfolded next door has been harassed by people who believe/Read full post »