New Mexico is different from any other place. “But,” you may say, “that is true of all states.” I agree, dear reader, but I doubt people from Ohio ever have to explain that Ohio is part of the United States. Unfortunately, us New Mexicans must often explain that “No, we are part of the United States, not part of Mexico,” and really that is just tip of the iceberg.
New Mexico is currently celebrating its bicentennial. One of the many events honoring New Mexico’s 200 years of statehood is 200 New Mexican Poems, an awesome online anthology that you should check out.
I’m honored that my poem, “On Returning to Tent Rocks with Friends,” is 1 of the 200 hundred.