100 Refutations: Day 16

Beowulf’s Dream

It is vain ambition, that of the hunter who, tired of lions and second-hand beasts, looks to turn his room into a medieval bestiary.

He gathers books from a jungle sunken in shadow, hangs on the walls the head of a Danish dragon, the wings of a nocturnal angel.

And on the bare wall, awaiting his final trophy, he places the mirror.


Mauricio Molina Delgado

Mauricio Molina Delgado is a Costa Rican poet and accomplished academic. He holds degrees in statistics, cognitive sciences, philosophy, and psychology and has studied at the University of Costa Rica and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. As a poet he has received numerous awards, including the Editorial Costa Rica award in 2003. He currently works as a professor and researcher at the University of Costa Rica.

Lina M. Ferreira C.-V.

Lina M. Ferreira C.-V. (100 Refutations translator and editor) 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) Mauricio Molina Delgado. English translation copyright (c) Lina M. Ferreira C.-V., 2018.