100 Refutations: Day 1


I think of that war
the one chasing us all
in all the ways to chase.
“It’s time to forget”
the delicate doves have told us…
But what do doves know
of the taste of blood,
of the smell of mid-night screams?
What do they know,
If they wake up in their nests,
and mankind in a ditch?


Aída Párraga

Aída Párraga is a Salvadorean poet.

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.

Guerras y Olvidos. Copyright (c) Aída Párraga. English translation copyright (c) Lina M. Ferreira C.-V., 2018.