IF YOU LOOK OUT THE WINDOWS during a trip on the Rail Runner Express between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, you’re rewarded with a trove of murals on city walls. In Darryl Lorenzo Wellington’s Legible Walls: Poems for Santa Fe Murals (Stalking Horse Press), the city’s sixth poet laureate pays tribute to its vibrant public art. “Find a mural. Appreciate its thesis/antithesis. Drink its revolution. It dignifies an intended public space,” he writes. In poems that tackle the artists, stories, and controversies behind wall art all over Santa Fe, Wellington’s dense imagery and insights complement the experience of art.

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