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Junkyard Dogs: Poems

Damien Flores

Junkyard Dogs is the debut poetry collection by National Poetry Slam champion Damien Flores. His poems evoke the Old Town Albuquerque of his youth, growing up in a large, complicated Catholic family, and his relationships with his family and the city of his upbringing.

With appearances from Juana Henrieta and Manuel Leyba, Tony Mares, Freddy Fender, and Johnny Tapia, Flores pays homage to the people and places of the Duke City.


Damien Flores hails from nowhere but Albuquerque, Alburque, the Duke City, El Duque, La Plaza Vieja, La Ruca, Old Town, New Mexico, United States of Atzlaìn. Named NM Hispano Entertainer’s Association’s Poet of the Year in 2007 and 2008, Flores teaches at the University of New Mexico and the Native American Community Academy, and he hosts the Spoken Word Hour on Sunday nights on 89.9 KUNM-FM. His poems appear in two chapbooks, A Novena of Mud and El Cuento de Juana Henrieta, both published by Destructible Heart Press .

Published By West End Press

6 x 9 in. 108 pages