Nevadan to Nevadan

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A LETTER TO CALL UPON WHEN YOU NEED IT

“One night you will wake up, unsettled,
grab a book to read a passage 
that once brought you light.”
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-Angela M. Brommel

LETTER FROM RENO IN PRAISE OF PIZZA

“There are fond memories of sitting under the dull glow of string lights,
One late fall night, in the plaza across from Reno’s only Sizzle Pie…”
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-James Barber

BEYOND THE POWER LINES

“Dear Power Lines, 
How did we come to call you that, anyway? 
Every neighborhood has a Spot with a capital “S”— “
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-Hannah Virginia Branch

PIECES OF THE PAST

“This place is history with a beauty all its own. The land is vast and mostly treeless which allows the eye to see for miles: how the wagon trains of pioneers heading west, itching to get to the promise of nuggets lying on the ground must have felt when they saw miles and miles of desert ground…”
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-Leslie A. Fry

DISPATCH ABOUT THE TIME COVID HIT OUR TOWN

“Las Vegas 
The city that never sleeps, 
Until it does.”
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-Courtney Soloman

A LETTER FROM VEGAS VIC

“I’m told I have a brother up north—northeast to be exact.
He lives in a little town called Wendover,
last civilization in Nevada before you hit
the Utah border.”
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-Max Stone

LETTER FROM AN OUTWORLDER

Losing count of the cycles days
Since I broke containment, escaped that place
(What did they call it? Area 51?)
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-Juno Artley

HEY, NEVADA, YOU DON’T NEED TO GET GOT

“Hey, Nevada, believe me, I really do hear you
I know how incredibly frustrated you must be
They don’t even pronounce your name right…”
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-Michael P. Branch

A LETTER TO AN UNEXPECTED HOME

“After 10 years, 
it’s only fair that I’m honest. 
I’d met you just once before 
in passing. 
I was young, 15 or 16. 
Nothing too memorable; 
just a drive by.”
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-Dana Perich

LETTER TO PAST RENO

“When Virginia Street was the main street 
no one had dreamed of putting in a freeway yet. 
Campus was a mere five thousand students…”
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-Maddie McCalley

LETTER FROM A NEVADAN TO NEVADANS: ABOUT RURAL NEVADA

“A familiar breeze moves against the sagebrush.
Rain-made aromas drift across the plain
Utter sweet and gentle salutations that please, make good memory.”
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-Seth Nuti

 

LETTER TO ELSEWHERE, FROM NEVADA

“Shannon was late for our coffee date. A coyote got hold of a small dog, was dragging it across HWY 50 when she had to slam on her brakes…”
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Courtney Cliften 

 

Letter to Angel Lake While Listening to Miles Davis: July 2022

“If this was November and I was Robert Frost
I would begin this letter with salutations
and an allusion to the color of the leaves.
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Justin Evans

I AM TONOPAH: A Letter to Nevadans, North and South

“I am Tonopah and I am alive
I am the heart and the soul of the past
I am the future and I will survive…”
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-Anna Whiteside

From Corn Creek

“I am Corn Creek. I’ve given birth to Las Vegas. I am the creator and giver of life. My sun shines brightly through monsoon clouds, opening up the eyes to heavenly earth…”
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-Ashton JM

Letter to Isaac from Tom

“We both found something in Nevada
About a hundred and thirty years apart
You passing through, a kid afoot with a wagon train…”
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-Tom Yearnshaw

Letter to the Man from Ely Who I Met in Tonopah

“In the time we spent at the park’s shared picnic table 
talking into the wee hours of night, you taught me 
how to say Ely with the same grace and gentle smile…”
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-Michelle Aucoin Wait

Note from a Newbie

“Like many others, when I was new to the Nevada desert I saw so little.  
Few trees, few buildings, few animals, few people…”
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-Stacy Smith

letter to the formerly living nevadan from a former nevadan

“i told them they remind me of you. that’s right—
it’s not just me anymore. now i’m left to wonder: 
how much of us is left in the air when we’ve gone?”
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-G. J. Sanford

Several billion golden years ago: This letter is to be hand canceled

“We built fires and doctored the world with the sounds of our dancing.
We scoured the stratified earth where we overlapped, and found stones that we fashioned into shrines for the demigods of our skeletons…”
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-Allyson Stronach

Letter To and From Las Vegas

“She was  a gambler, she never betted money, but she gambled with his life.
The boy remembers as a kid growing up in the Midwest, life was simple.
When he became an adult, his father reluctantly told him her secret…”
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-Steven Dee Kish

To J.W. from Reno

“Already I am waiting for autumn 
and its small glimpses of resurrection: 
At Idlewild, the leaves will change…”
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-Joanne Mallari