Ortiz's poems expand the idea of pilgrimage to include those
experiences which touch some profound dimension within, when
connections are made with what might be called "soul" or "spirit,"
when the tourist becomes the seeker, and sight-seeing magically
turns into soul-making. The sacred journey takes us to those
liminal places where one dimension touches another. Among many
skills and themes, this poet favors transformation: extending the
commonplace like a quilt, a grave stone, his grandfather's shovel
into the margins between memory and the sacred. There are many love
poems in which the present moment shifts into something grand, wide
or deep. The poems in We Had More to Say are also a vivid testimony
to how grief or loss can be turned into a blessing. They shift and
blend, and meld into another dimension. People move in and out of
reality. RAYMOND ZACHARY ORTIZ is a native of Santa Fe with deep
roots in Northern New Mexico where his extended family and
ancestors have lived for over four centuries. He was first inspired
by poetry as a child listening to his grandfather recite poems in
the shade of a willow by a ditch after a long day of chores. Poetry
has been an integral part of his life since then, initially as he
continued listening and reading, then as a student of poetry and
literature. He received his BA from the University of Notre Dame,
then lived in Costa Rica while volunteering as a social worker. He
continued his formal education at the University of California
Berkeley (Boalt Hall) where he received his JD. After over twenty
years of law practice in Santa Fe in late 2005, he was appointed
district court judge. The pre-dawn hour often finds him at a small
table in a dark part of the house, writing out poems in longhand by
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