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NM state senator a Roundhouse-inspired published poet

SANTA FE — In addition to lawyers, farmers and business owners, the New Mexico Senate is now home to a published poet.

The world premiere of a book of 46 poems by Sen. Bill O’Neill, D-Albuquerque, will be presented this weekend in Santa Fe, with a similar event scheduled for Sept. 14 in Albuquerque.

The book, titled “The Freedom of the Ignored,” features many Roundhouse references, including one poem about a high-profile 2013 tax package, though most legislators’ names have been changed.

In a poem about the annual charity basketball game between the House and the Senate, O’Neill describes legislators throwing their bodies around like “drunk adolescents.”

O’Neill served in the state House from 2009 through 2012 before winning election to a Senate seat representing the North Valley.

This weekend’s event will take place Sunday at Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe.