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Vickie Vértiz

Vickie Vértiz is a writer from Bell Gardens. The oldest child of Mexican immigrants, she has been published in the New York Times Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her book Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut won the 2018 PEN America prize in poetry. A recipient of fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, VONA, CantoMundo, and Macondo, Vértiz teaches at UC Santa Barbara.

Nature Armed Medicine

An erasure of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 1848

And furthermore what cannot be a citizen is great
and godly and
I am aware of what cannot be a body
nor do I want one