Issue No. 31

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Really Living | Nonfiction

By now we’ve loaded three washing machines and need quarters for dryers. I feed bills into a slot ...

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Honolulu | Fiction

You’re all about proving me wrong, that laws are laws, facts are facts. Fact: what’s keeping me ...

From the Blog

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2015 Summer Contest Judges

We are excited to announce the 2015 Blue Mesa Review Summer Contest judges! Also, we are adding Nonfiction to the contest this year! Get those poems, stories, and essays ready summer contest seekers, because we want to publish you! And so without further delay, please welcome our judges.   We are excited to say that [...]

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Issue No. 31 Letter From the Editor

Last year around this time our former Editor-in-Chief, Ben Dolan, wrote a pretty incredible Letter from the Editor to mark our 29th Issue. In Ben’s letter, he explores the world of literary magazines more generally—how they came to be and where Blue Mesa Review fits in. It was an exploration of tradition, an investigation into [...]

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On the Limits of Native Identity

Artists tackle Native American stereotypes in exhibition, films. Film still courtesy of This is a Stereotype. A trio of Santa Fe artists has created a new recovery project that confronts Native American stereotypes by literally breaking them and examining the pieces. A film, This is a Stereotype, is the centerpiece of the project, but it [...]

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Spring Break Reading List

Daylight savings came hand-in-hand with spring break here at UNM, and spring break means all the time we want for reading and writing (or at least that’s what we imagine before it arrives). We’ll be using the extra evening light to read these books, and if we finish, we’ll move on to the pile covered [...]

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7 Literary Lessons In Heteronormative Love

With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, I thought I’d turn to some of the most “romantic” love stories in literary history to gain some insight about love for Blue Mesa Review.  I will now share this knowledge for the betterment of all humankind. Happy Valentine’s Day. Love, Anabel Adam & Eve, THE BIBLE; Snow White & [...]

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Love Poems We Love

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we have dusted off our favorite love poems to share with you. Melisa Garcia | Poetry Editor “A un Desconocido” by Lorna Dee Cervantes Where is your skin, parting me? Where is the cowlick under your kiss teasing into purple valleys? Where are your wings, the imaginary [...]

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Top 5 White Male Authors, Selected by a White Male Author

In case you missed leading white male publication, Esquire’s, comprehensive history of the white male author (originally titled “The Greatest Books Ever Written”), Blue Mesa Review brings you a re-boot. These authors are venerated in academia and literary circles alike for their investigation of white male-ness in the world, often uncovering startling truths of what [...]

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The New Classics: Reevaluating Required Reading

High school and college students across America are haunted by certain novel titles like Huck Finn, The Scarlet Letter, and 1984. It’s high time to reconsider our “essentials,” and recognize the wide expanse of literature that goes unnoticed in our American literary canon. Here are three archetypal genre selections and my suggestions for novels that [...]

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A Baby’s Five Favorite Literary Works

1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy “And why are children born to such men as you?” –Anna Pavlona I say this to my dad whenever he tells me something I don’t like to hear, like “Hey, stop putting non-food items in your mouth” or whatever. 2. The Waste Land and Other Poems by T. S. Eliot [...]

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Albuquerque: The Land Beside Time

“Had we but world enough, and time,” begins Andrew Marvell’s famous poem “To His Coy Mistress.” The poem, which takes the form of a persuasive argument, is a clever bid for hastening the physical consummation of the courtship between the speaker of the poem and his mistress. But whenever I hear that first line I think of [...]

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