A skull, of a bull
Perched on a rotting post of wood
The background, a blood red sunset
With hints of a lack of oxygen
Smeared across the panorama
Saguaro Cacti, erected across the
Barron waste land
Representing generations of life,
While the skull represents generations of death
Dry heat is what they said,
But so is fire
Build canals! Sow the seeds! Inhabit this
Illustrious land full of opportunity
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Eastern New Mexico University’s literary magazine, El Portal, offers a venue for the work of writers, artists and photographers.
ENMU students, national, and international writers are welcome to submit their original, previously unpublished short stories, plays, poetry and photography. No entry fees are charged. Cash prizes are awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners in each category (only ENMU students qualify).
El Portal is published each semester at Eastern thanks to Dr. Jack Williamson, a world-renowned science fiction writer and professor emeritus at ENMU who underwrote the publication. El Portal has been published since 1939.
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