100 Refutations: Day 17

Before the Sea

I am a foreigner in the promised city
with suitcases full of desiccated crabs
but in the Empire of Closed Windows, everything is rough
and when I go into the street, I double bolt the door
and try to forget
the mermaid trapped in the bathroom pipes

and I am nostalgia
when I painlessly deliver myself to the ordinary abyss of corners

and I am nostalgia
when I fulfill my duty of being a good citizen.


Krisma Mancía

Krisma Mancía was born in El Salvador in 1980. She has studied literature at the University of El Salvador, theater at La Escuela Arte del Actor, and sculpture and ceramics at the National Center of the Arts in El Salvador. She has also participated in the workshop La Casa del Escritor of El Salvador under the tutelage of Rafael Menjívar Ochoa. She is the author of La era del llanto, from Colección Nuevapalabra, published under the DPI imprint (Dirección de Publicaciones e Impresos); Viaje al Imperio de las Ventanas Cerradas, which was awarded first place in the international La Garúa prize for young poetry and was published in 2006 by La Garúa Press in Barcelona, Spain; Nueva Cosecha, with Editorial Casa de Poesía de Costa Rica; and Pájaros imaginarios y trenes invisibles entre tu ciudad y la mía, edited by Valparaíso de España and published by the Editorial Municipal de la Alcaldía de San Salvador. For more poetry and information, please visit https://krismatica.wordpress.com.

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) Krisma Mancía. English translation copyright (c) Lina M. Ferreira C.-V., 2018.