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Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 28, David ‘Monk’ Portolano will make a spoken word performance of poetry at Montezuma Castle National Park. Portolano, a Prescott Valley resident, is the park’s first Artist-in-Residence. VVN/Bill Helm

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VERDE VALLEY – Earlier this year at Petrified Forest National Park, the man they call “Monk” wrote poetry about people, mostly about the rangers and other park staff.