Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.


by Mary Morris

The thin river below 
winds through villages 
and rows of maiz

where weathered crosses
and descansos
border the road.

We are headed 
to the tamale stand 
where Señora Sanchez 
assembles them—

the corn blue as sky, 
the chilé red 
as saint’s blood.

Mary Morris is the author of "Enter Water, Swimmer" recently released by Texas Review Press of Texas A&M University Consortium. Her poems have been published in Poetry, Poetry Daily, Massachusetts Review, Arts & Letters, Prairie Schooner, and numerous other literary journals. She received the Rita Dove Award and the New Mexico Discovery Award. She was invited by the Library of Congress to read her poems, which were aired on NPR in Washington D.C.  Website: