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Meeting MexicoSouth Vietnam knew for a fact that there were very few things America would admit she was afraid of and of those things only two were common knowledge: communism and Mexico. With communism, South Vietnam could at least understand the threat, but she knew almost nothing about Mexico besides that she was America’s neighbor and sister/mother figure, she was once Spain’s colony, and she was associated with tacos. Beyond that, she knew nothing, and that made Mexico even scarier.
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“Okay, if she says “encantada”, what do you say?” America asked, watching as South Vietnam stared at the sheet of notes in front of her. This will go well. South Vietnam thought, breathing in and out slowly. We’ll get along and she will like me and not think I’m insane or stupid.
“Yo tambien?” she asked, looking up nervously. America shook her head sadly and pointed to another line.
“Igualmente.” she corrected gently and
The Grammar GangstersBeware the grammar gangsters!
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The mafia of the literary underworld.
They saunter into stanzas,
Under their trench coats
Or in violin cases.
They can make you talk,
"With just a few well-placed speech marks,"
Leave you shouting! Where you should have whispered!
And pulp your bold statements into quavering questions?
They can, pepper, your, phrases with, commas,
Or bring your piece to a dead.
They'll trap you (between brackets)
As you - dash - to the exit.
Then: punch a blunted colon
Into the gut of your text
Force-feed you a poisonous semicolon,
Then hack/slash your work to shreds.
The grammar gangsters
Never leave survivors.
Readers discover the victims
In the back alleys of the library,
In a tommy-gun ellipsis...