Issue No. 30

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Hilde | Nonfiction

My dead friend Hilde was a pathological liar. I have two dead friends who haunt me, both of whom die...

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Vox Clamantis | Fiction

  When Johnny told me his mother was dying, really dying, I didn’t know at first what he mean...

From the Blog

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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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Women in Clothes: The Perfect Holiday Read

A couple of weeks ago, right before finals, and papers, and grading, I made a not all too uncommon, much needed stress-relieving trip to T.J. Maxx. I went under the guise of Christmas shopping, and while I did buy something for my mom and dad, brainstormed ideas for my sister, and took a picture of [...]

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An Interview with Ana Castillo

Ana Castillo, one of Chicana feminism’s strongest voices, gave it to the University of New Mexico at the 2014 Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Series, reading portions of her new novel, Give It To Me (Feminist Press, 2014) and the 20th Anniversary Edition of Massacre of the Dreamers (University of New Mexico Press, 2014). She also [...]

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Issue No. 30: Letter from the Editor

The story of Blue Mesa Review is an interesting one. I’m sure that is true for any literary magazine, any arts publication, or really any venue or outlet for the arts out there. So I won’t talk about that history here. Rather, I’ll talk about who we are now. Blue Mesa Review is a labor [...]

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After You Become Improbable: Catching up with Nick DePascal

Since he last appeared in this space, Nick DePascal has been moving up in the world. Just a year and a half ago he held the post of Blue Mesa Review Associate Editor while finishing up his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of New Mexico. Fast-forward 18 months and he’s [...]

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Four Brilliant Book Covers

I knew that in order to win the heart of Airman First Class Frances Green, I’d have to appear bookish, for she often spoke fondly of books as heavy and dense as cinder blocks. A plan formed, and was carried out: I went to the base library and borrowed Naked Lunch. You know, the bright [...]

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Happy Holidays from Dysfunctional Literary Families

The holidays are coming up, and if you need a reminder that maybe, just maybe, your family isn’t the most dysfunctional one on earth, revisit these novels. Warning: contains spoilers! 1. We the Animals by Justin Torres Three brothers endure a bleak childhood, entertaining each other while their parents endlessly fight, building kites out of trash, [...]

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The Top Five Dogs for Poets

5. Irish wolfhound Because you need a dance partner when you go to all your friends’ weddings and you’re still single and looking for a job. Besides, you also need someone to carry your owl if and when you’re actually dancing with other humans, or when you’re not at Hogwarts. 4. French bulldog Because the [...]

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Announcing the 2014 Fiction Contest Winners

We are delighted to announce our 2014 Fiction Contest Winners. Thank you for you patience with the unexpected delay. Fiction judge Roxane Gay has selected the following short stories: 1st Place: “Vox Clamantis” by Jennifer Down “Everything falls apart while a broken couple pretends to still be together for a dying mother. As Johnny and Abby try [...]

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