Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.
Issue No. 4  Winter 2019

Theme: Wilderness


Cecile Afable
"How Things Break"

Genevieve Betts
"Poem 2"

Debbi Brody
"Poem 2"

Greg Candela
"Two Poems"

Lorraine Caputo
"Deeply I"

R.M. Cymber
“My Marriage to Depression Was Arranged”

Jessica Dealing
Two Poems

Katherine Hauth
"Waste Not The Work of Flies"

Kat Heatherington
Three Poems
John Hicks
 “Too Big to Fail”

Non Fiction

Daniel Luevano
Three Poems
Dan MacIsaac
Two Poems

David Meischen
"Atom Smashers"

Mary Morris
Terry Mulert
"Sleeping under one"


Scott Wiggerman
"Evolution of the Horse"

John Sibley Williams
"Self-Portrait of my Mother as a Cliff Face"

Marne Wilson
"Communion of the Soles"

Sarah Wolbach
"Old Water"

Autum Cahill

Scott Jones
“Arcadia Swept Down”

Lisa Piazza
“You Made This”

Paul Smith
“The Flatlanders”

Brian Winters
"Mjorgonlar, Class of '88"


Sandy Coomer
Two Images

​Janye Marek
Three Images

David J. Thompson
"Water,  New Mexico”


Notes from the Editors:​

Today, the Manzano Mountains, which are bedded just South of Albuquerque, New Mexico, are vaulted with clouds, stormy and cumulus, and they promise water in a drought-filled desert, full arroyos, and—already—a green spring. I wish you could see it. I see these mountains every day, and today: The way they are holding the storm, electric with waterfall, is just unreal.
In space, there are seventeen forms of solid water. On earth, only two can exist. Ice is familiar, unchanging; water is frozen, or it’s not. In space, it is alien.
An element can be several things, but it is always essential. In some definitions, it can never be broken down, but for being un-breakable, it can be very mutable. Alchemy is transformation of the unchangeable. Straw turns to gold; water turns to wine.
Art is somewhere in between alchemy and the unfamiliar.
This issue, our third issue of Manzano Mountain Review, was—for Justin, Cathy, and me—an exercise in understanding element. To see the alchemic, the unfamiliar, the unchanging through a lens of art, while still recognizing the most basic human element: the search for understanding, uncovering existence, changing the unchangeable. When I look at this issue, that is exactly what I see. There is so much in this issue that illustrates the elemental, the electric, and the evolutionary. These are all so important for our journeys both individually and societally.

                                                                                       - Kristian Macaron

I wake to wild winds spitting yellow leaves against the stucco. Wind chimes scat with abandon. The garden is dry husk. The kingbirds are gone.

It is October Country in Albuquerque, and on the mind is Ray Bradbury, who grew up in the same neck of the woods as I did. I should read some Bradbury, I think, but then I remember that Manzano Mountain Review requires my full attention.

Kristian and I have been reading submissions since August. We have been reading for longer than that, but the official open date was August 1, and we have been racing ever since, making sure each piece gets our full consideration while also pushing for a quick turnaround.

And here we are, Issue No. 3.

This is our second November issue, and our first to feature assistant editor Cathy Cook, who has been a great help to us, and who recently won the 2018 Albuquerque City Poet Slam Championship, which is pretty cool.

The theme for this issue is "elemental." We provided a definition, but our want was to keep it loose. We have poems that reference mountain origami and Northern Harriers, flash floods and undersea biology, lithography and depression. We have stories about siblings and det cord and New Spain spirits. We have art that captures the raw color and movement of a wildly thriving and insatiable earth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Justin Bendell