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The PdS Black Voices Series Presents: I.S. JONES

  Self-Portrait as Atola   The first estrangement, although well meaning. I’m sure all tumors are well meaning before rupture. Before diagnosis, you open your mouth & the light of my good name splinters out a false libretto. It isn’t your fault. I believe you believe you meant me no harm. But now look at…

Puerto del Sol’s 2017 Prose and Poetry Contest Winners

First, we’d like to thank everyone who gave us their work – we had a fantastic day of reading all the submissions.  For those who sent us writing, keep your eyes out next spring for your copy of Puerto del Sol’s Science Issue – our way of saying thanks for your submission (and contest reading fee, of course). This year’s contests were judged by Carmen Gimenez-Smith and Lily Hoang.   2017 Prose Contest Winner: “The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln” by Shane Kowalski Lily says: “A story about a play where sound becomes violence, ‘The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln’ made me…

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The PdS Black Voices Series Presents: SIMONE SAVANNAH

      Kris and I in Graduate School     Kris and I we talk over loose-leaf green tea and rose at her house. We talk yoni steams: draping skirts and our bodies over boiling pots of rosemary calendula lavender and yarrow in the middle of graduate school. We talk toning the uterus, reproduction,…

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This Machine Kills Fascists: A Conversation With Kaveh Akbar

THIS MACHINE KILLS FASCISTS: A CONVERSATION WITH KAVEH AKBAR By Allison Field Bell   Before moving to New Mexico, I did a stint in Indiana, at an MFA program at Butler University, where I was fortunate enough to experience both the polar vortex and the editing team of BOOTH. Somewhere during my time there I…

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The PdS Black Voices Series Presents: MIKE CROSSLEY

  from o’ to be young black & gifted   “You don’t have to be black to be in the dark.” —Helene Smith     You can’t be this dark, handsome & broken You can’t just be browsing It’s 10:00PM, the parking lot is empty You can’t just be here I smell marijuana Smile so…

The PdS Black Voices Series Presents: DEZIREE A. BROWN

  when the guillotine comes from my ovaries, after Destiny                 I peel Hina     from my bedside.  She mumbles your     name, hands me two    clocks entombed       in ice. The dead will come   for these, but the dead      cannot have them.            how can I be      saved from ghosts                       that tread on    stars? I try            to remember    there are eyes…

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Book Review: How We Speak To One Another

Dear Reader, In front of you lies a choice: to read or not to read How We Speak To One Another. To not read this book would be to continue your life in a straight line, doing things as you have always done. To read it, however, would be to diverge wildly from your path,…

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The PdS Black Voices Series Presents: BRANDONLEE CRUZ

    The Color of Being Heard: After Aunt Viv         For Jesse Williams and myself   if i wish you redbone, then   i wish you a pain that is the absence of your brother’s suffering— how he has always known to be a giver, but has not shared this with…

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Field Report: Seribellum Press

AWP 2017 is upon us, and Puerto del Sol is ready! Our tickets have been bought. The Publication Issue is ready to be devoured. And we’ve been working with artist Clara Dudley and the silk screen pros at Seribellum Press in Las Cruces to produce an original run of awesome shirts and posters—unveiled at this…

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The Third Degree: Alan Soldofsky

Photo Credit: Geoffrey Smith II On September 30, Alan Soldofsky visited the NMSU campus to read from his full length collection In The Buddha Factory .  In addition to his poetic output, Soldofsky also regularly engages in criticism, reviews and public activism.  This generous devotion to the work of others was evident at his NMSU…

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Field Report: Las Cruces’ Unified Community Action

On Sunday, January 21st, more than 1500 people gathered in Las Cruces’ downtown plaza to stand in solidarity with the Women’s March in Washington D.C..  Of course, our editors made sure to witness but also to be involved.  According to organizers, the demonstration was initially planned to accommodate 100 – 500 people at the Southwest…