#86 Valley of Fires, with Snow by Shirley Balance Blackwell

From Capitan’s fog-shrouded heights, the two-lane highway drops, descends through stone-slashed mountain passes, then arrows west across the Tularosa Basin floor into the Valley of Fires.  Miles of dark, volcanic outcrops sprawl, now eerily quiescent, honeycombed by gases that bubbled from the cauldron in the planet’s core. The lava flow is frozen into cinder-blackened slag. … More #86 Valley of Fires, with Snow by Shirley Balance Blackwell

#85 Rainbow Gathering in the Jemez, 2009 by Jennifer Simpson

I close my eyes and will my soul to follow the rhythm of drums. Instead my breath reaches deep and the saxophone blows night air, touching the moon high above the ponderosa pines.  I am bare feet, a purple mountain lily, a batik skirt swirling in the afternoon sun. Thick dollops of rain drop thump … More #85 Rainbow Gathering in the Jemez, 2009 by Jennifer Simpson

#84 Outside the fourth story window by Samantha Tetangco

Albuquerque gleams like Vegas. Red lights break along the strip, an inflamed spine that recedes like the bet this city placed in 1706— Still waiting to cash out. — Samantha Erin Tetangco’s fiction and poetry have appeared and in Phoebe, the Oklahoma Review, Gargoyle, and others.  She has an MFA from the University of New … More #84 Outside the fourth story window by Samantha Tetangco