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Distinctive stories, culled from the nation’s best literary journals and magazines over the previous three years. The stories create a provocative conversation about the way life is lived now in the Southwest and how our increasingly homogeneous culture is still powerfully shaped by the history, environment, and mythology of place.

— K.L. Cook, author of the novel, The Girl from Charnelle

Buffalo Cactus and Other New Stories from the Southwest

Edited by
D. Seth Horton,
Brett Garcia Myhren



Forty Days in the Desert




by
R.T. Jamison

ANTHOLOGY
EXCERPT



I ts raining sand. Fine, warm, flaxen sand. It drifts down like powdered sugar and dusts the trees and lawn furniture. No breeze distracts this sand from its sharp incline, straight down. It trails away skyward, a faint yellow smudge in a cloudless expanse. Such an apparition hardly gathers any attention for hours. No one seems to notice the slow buildup of grit, a grainy patina on what many neighbors already consider an eyesore. The mounds of tires, the tattered lawn furniture, the junked cars, the mailbox crafted from an engine block. Somehow a dusting of sand makes this ramshackle ranch house on an unpaved road in an unincorporated expanse seem staged and mutedas if our lens is smudged with a bit of white lithium grease. The sand goes unnoticed. It is, admittedly, a dusty place.

First published in the Kenyon Review.

 


Buffalo Cactus and Other New Stories from the Southwest
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Stories by:
Ron Carlson, Alberto Ríos, Alex Espinoza, Tacey M. Atsitty, Daniel Hamilton, Sierra Bellows, Judy Troy, Robert Rosenberg, Jill Kato, José Skinner, Matthew Blumenthal, Toni Jensen, Robin Romm, Jennifer Bowen Hicks, Corey Campbell, Kelsie Hahn, Alex Wilson, Victor Lodato, Brock Clarke, Kirstin Valdez Quade, and R.T. Jamison

 

Paperback: 296 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0826357540
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 03/2018


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Buffalo Cactus and Other New Stories
                            from the Southwest

 



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                        Other New Stories from the Southwest

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