Spring 2016

We are excited to present a diverse group of talented contributors for our spring issue of 2016. Submissions include eight poems, four essays, two reviews of recently published novels and an excerpt from an unpublished memoir. We hope you are as excited about this issue as we are and share it with friends and family so other readers can learn what talented and creative writers we have here in Silver City and New Mexico at large.

Julie enos-Painted hand The Search for Mariano
by Diana Edwards

Another day and the postman brings nothing of any use. It is raining again, has been gray and raining since I woke up this morning. Each time I go to the door to check for mail it feels gray.

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julie enos-tall trees Word Wilderness and Other Poems
by Mariah Fox

Again
thoughts skid through, of
You.
Unseen but
Heard.
Words, wants, wishes
Wisdom
Lost and gone. Forgotten?

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Minetta Tavern The Gaslight Cafe
by Gerald Hausman

I was in my favorite hangout, Minetta Tavern in Greenwich Village. It was 1964. I was 17 and I had just seen Bob Dylan, up close and personal, you might say, at the Gaslight Cafe on Macdougal.

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Megan Lucic-dandilions Ego
by Mary O’Loughlin

I fear the universe is rotting , crumbling , decaying
No, I speak not of the sun, nor the stars or moon
Or the earth we walk upon
But the universe of our souls
That orbit our hearts

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diamonds at dusk cover Review of “Diamonds at Dusk”
by Chris Lemme

Cassie is about to turn sixteen and has become very aware of Chad, her childhood friend who likes to ride horses and explore the hills and valleys of southwest New Mexico with her. She isn’t prepared for the feelings of jealousy that overwhelm her when Chad’s attention is captured by her best friend Ahzi.

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Julie Enos-Water reflection Daily Bride
by T.J. McPhearson

what great love is this? what price?

break the boughs of the body
let the sweet light in
whispered leaves sing to the moon
signing blood in night’s dark temple

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Olivia Mortiz pic2 Diamonds I Found in the Dumps
by Olivia Moritz

I was on a trip to Guatemala. Not a vacation, but a trip about being human and loving other humans. On this day, we would encounter the people that needed to be loved the most.

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knocking on heaven's door, final cover Review of “Knocking on Heavens Door”
by Catalina Claussen

Sharman Russell does not back down from the fundamental human questions of our common origins and shared future in her dystopian sci-fi novel Knocking on Heaven’s Door.

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Teachings of endurance pic Teachings of Endurance
by Sammantha Larisch

It’s 3:30am. My alarm goes off, and I’m still half asleep as I get into the shower. I put on my uniform and grab the black and neon green Under Armor bag I packed last night with my race necessities.

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julie enos-black tree Boston Hill Unleashed and Language Meanders
by Catalina Claussen

It starts at the base of her spine
escalating stone after stone,
whiptail vertebrae
full of integrity in their sinuous ascent

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Julie Enos-Sunset city of rocks Swallowing Quarters
by Solomon Lazzell

As a young boy, full of curiosity, I did things my way, but most of the time my way wasn’t the right way. When I was around the age of five or six I was given, by my parents, some of the first money I’ve ever had. They gave me two quarters.

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