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Peter Theis

Editor´s Introduction


Why Mexico?

Originally from Wisconsin, I now have been living in Mexico City for 6 years.  Something drew me here.  Something draws us all to other places.  And always there is something in these places that shows us something about ourselves.

Witnessing the massive protests from immigrants, many of whom are Mexicans, I felt a deep sense of joy--pride in the hearts of those who decided, essentially, that they would prefer to die on their feet than to live on their knees.

The truth is there is no such thing as “you are either with us or against us.”  That's a myth.  Show me the line where each of us is separate from anyone else, or anything else.  It doesn't exist, except in the limitations we choose to impose inside our brains. 

Like Chief Seattle says, the water in a river is the same water inside us is the same water inside a tree.  There are no separations, only concentrations of difference.  And heart.

The stories in this collection, for me, touch the heart.  And they cross borders in a variety of ways, showing us something valuable in the reflection upon our neighbors directly to the South.


Peter Theis received his Doctorate in Creative Writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.  He has published a variety of things in a variety of places, does music for film, and teaches in Mexico City.

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