100 Refutations: Day 34

Cardboard Dragons I

The afternoon is blue
like his face.
The day unceremoniously strips itself
from the walls
and the sun’s fever
makes the building’s
bones crack
the only shelter (his only coat)
is the noise
and the hope of never waking.

Bios

Susana Reyes

Susana Reyes earned a master’s degree in Estudios de la Cultura Centroamericana with an emphasis in literature before working at several universities in El Salvador as a professor. She currently teaches at the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas UCA. Reyes ran the now-defunct Escuela para Jóvenes Talento en Letras, a workshop for young writers; co-hosted the radio program La Bohemia on YSUK during the 1990s; and has participated in various theatrical productions, and led numerous theatrical workshops. She has also participated in investigations regarding the state of both literature at large and literature written by women in El Salvador. She is the literature editor of Índole Editores, belongs to the Grupo Literario Poesía y Más, serves as the current president of the Claribel Alegría Foundation, and directs the literary workshop Palabra y Obra. She can be reached at direccion@fundacionclaribelalegria.org.

Lina M. Ferreira C.-V.

Lina M. Ferreira C.-V. earned MFAs in creative nonfiction writing and literary translation from The University of Iowa. She is the author of Drown Sever Sing from Anomalous Press and Don’t Come Back from Mad River Books, as well as editor, with Sarah Viren, of the forthcoming anthology Essaying the Americas. Her fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation work has been featured in journals including Bellingham ReviewChicago ReviewFourth GenreBrevityPoets & Writers, and The Sunday Rumpus, among others. She won Best of the Net and Iron Horse Review’s Discovered Voices Award, has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and is a Rona Jaffe fellow. She moved from Colombia to China to Columbus, Ohio to Richmond, Virginia, where she works as an assistant professor for Virginia Commonwealth University. Visit www.linawritesessays.com.

Copyright (c) Susana Reyes. English translation copyright (c) Lina M. Ferreira C.-V., 2018.