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Kill the Teachers!

May 24, 2019

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It happened abruptly, in southern Mexico: It was five o’clock in the morning. Some people started shouting — they’d gotten warning calls on their cell phones. ‘Get up! Get up! The police are coming!’ I saw flashlights snap on. Then we heard the helicopters. They came in so low their big rotors sent things flying […]

Memorial Service

December 12, 2018

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Memorial Service In Mexico Human Rights Advocates Are Assassinated Robert Joe Stout 1. Decision: simple and not Catholic-Evangelical-Zapoteca. No crosses, no artifacts. Food? Yes, well, Bety would approve. Mescal? Why not? It’s Oaxaca. It’s on all the altars of Day of the Dead. If she were here she’d approve. That’s the way she was. Bursting […]

After the Battle

December 25, 2017

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Oaxaca Allegre… Oaxaca Hermosa… Oaxaca Cultural… But Oaxaca was dead. Strangled by repression and corruption. And forgotten by the rest of Mexico. By the rest of the world. For those of us who live here the repression hasn’t ended even though nearly a decade has passed since “the Night of Horror” when over 4,000 Mexican […]

It Was the Government!

August 8, 2015

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Great play has been given to assassinations and lethal confrontations among competing drug cartels in Mexico but among the most the notorious killings are those perpetrated by Mexico’s federal and state governments, sometimes in collusion with criminal organizations. Increased citizen disapproval of police and military involvement in killings and disappearances has triggered greater repression. Only […]

Where Gringos Don’t Belong

July 28, 2015

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“Not right away, Jorge. Listen to me. Give her three days—three days at least if she doesn‟t call you. She‟s been through Hell—worse than Hell, she isn‟t herself, it‟s going to take time—a long time. All of them coming out—the women, that is—they‟re in shambles. You talked to Lucía, you heard. Help Pati, don‟t push […]

Just released: Monkey Screams

June 6, 2015

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FutureCycle Press Publishes Robert Joe Stout’s New Poetry Collection Monkey Screams by Robert Joe Stout is a contender for the 2015 FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize Poems by Robert Joe Stout PRLog – May 26, 2015 – LEXINGTON, Ky. — FutureCycle Press (www.futurecycle.org) has published Robert Joe Stout’s vivid new collection of poems,Monkey Screams. Through these poems, Stout thrusts the horrors, the idiosyncrasies, […]

Where Gringos Don’t Belong (Excerpt)

June 2, 2015

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As María Sal draped one of the shawls over her shoulder Claudi announced, “Okay, cabroncito, your turn,” and pushed towards George the last two unwrapped gifts visible on the table. “Híjole!” he gasped, colors swirling in front of him. Slowly he turned the bright imagist acrylic-on-silk painting for the others to see. It was signed […]