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 Mexico and served as editor for Blue Mesa Review. Tetangco currently teaches creative writing and composition at the University and blogs at writersmarch.wordpress.com.