Wednesday, July 04, 2007

My two books are headed for Germany to live with Ceres.
I'm thinking of July 4, 1848 by way of this note from my friend, Carlos Aceves. No fireworks for me.

In 1846 the United States launched a massive military invasion of the Mexican Republic. Within two years, U.S. forces had taken Mexico City and on February 2, 1848 forced the government to sign the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in which Mexico lost half of its territory, which is now the southwest. The Treaty was amended and ratified by the U.S. Senate on May 10, taking out Article 10 which guaranteed Mexicans right to the communal and inidividual land grants. On July 4, 1848 the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was officially and formally proclaimed as complete and valid, thus ending the war of aggression by the United States on Mexican territory. Something to think about this 4th of July.

***from an old journal entry (12/30/02):

I blame the thief who spreads rumors of war and takes away the poems I might have written if I wasn't thinking of war 24/7. Poetry and War? Can poems stop a missile that will crush its target and poison the air and water, not to mention the children and mothers? Sometimes I think they are evil - these men with guns who lord it over all declared renegades of the the empire. Is it un-poet like to judge evil?

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