Patti Wojahn

The Rhetoric of Lines across America

For many of us who spent evenings slouched in front of the TV, the phrase “Head for the Border” evokes savory tacos accompanied by bright colors speaking happily of queso, salsa, jalapeños, and, of course, Mexico. Recently, our border with Mexico has been brought to mind again with the visit of the ever-popular Pope Francis, who made his last stop on a tour of Mexico in Juarez, a city surviving amid spates of drug wars and which looks baldly across the Rio Grande at the Texas city of El Paso.