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23 review for Tierra: Contemporary Short Stories of New Mexico

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    I first read Tierra in 1990, when I moved to New Mexico to attend college. In retrospect, Tierra was foundational to my understanding of New Mexican culture, and I’ve been rereading it every ten years to gauge how my perceptions have changed (or stayed the same). One thing I noticed this time, but not previously, is that almost all of these stories are about rural people, who are usually poor and are portrayed positively, or at least sympathetically. Urban people are vastly underrepresented in T I first read Tierra in 1990, when I moved to New Mexico to attend college. In retrospect, Tierra was foundational to my understanding of New Mexican culture, and I’ve been rereading it every ten years to gauge how my perceptions have changed (or stayed the same). One thing I noticed this time, but not previously, is that almost all of these stories are about rural people, who are usually poor and are portrayed positively, or at least sympathetically. Urban people are vastly underrepresented in Tierra. There’s almost a fetishization of ruralism, and a sense—not limited to New Mexico—that rural people are somehow truer, more authentic inhabitants of the state than those who live in cities and suburbs. Under any scrutiny, this implicit assumption is obviously false, but it’s been a persistent component of America’s mythology of itself, usually to our collective detriment. The entries in Tierra from the big names in New Mexican literature are a bit disappointing; I’m looking at you, Rudolfo Anaya, Tony Hillerman, and John Nichols. But some of the lesser-known writers have submitted some fine stories, specifically Patricia Clark Smith’s “Mother Ditch,” Eduardo Chavez’s “Hang Gliders and Onions,” and Robert Masterson’s “T-Bob in the Yard.”

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    Judith Mclaughlin

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    John Orman

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    Pat

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    Steph

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    Erika Alvarez

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    Pat

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    Madeline

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    Marla Schwartz

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    Andrea Carrisosa

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    Janice

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    Patricia Salazar

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    Hannah

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    Adriannasantos

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    Carri

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    Maria Vahtel

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    Li

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    Jennifer Bradshaw

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    Krista Meredith

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    Betsy Randolph

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    Renee

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jose Geronimo

  23. 4 out of 5

    John Valdez

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