The drive from Rock City, New Mexico
to the Chicarahua Forests
in Southern Arizona takes four hours
if you don’t stop
for coffee in Silver City. Timing,
you see, is everything.
Once upon a time, a man decided
the best way to find copper
was to tear the mountains to dust
so towns could be built
in the rubble, but don’t worry,
the sign says, the reclamation
started in 1986, and who cares
if this wound lasts
a thousand years. Look at this poor
mining town that has since
disappeared. In Historic Silver,
the art store boasts real copper wares
and we feel like our skin has been stripped
from our skin. In the park, we rest
on memorial benches. I say, not a bad place
to spread your ashes. You say,
I prefer something more dramatic than this.
Samantha Tetangco’s short stories, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in a number of literary magazines and selected anthologies including The Sun, Gargoyle, Phoebe, Gertrude, Oklahoma Review, Stone Path Review, Vela and others. In 2011, she earned her MFA from the University of New Mexico. She currently teaches writing at the University of California, Merced and is serving as the Communications Officer for this year’s AWP LGBTQ Caucus.