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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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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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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