100 Refutations: Day 75

Reading III: A Reading to Help the Daughters of Bureaucrats Fall Asleep
Prayer for the Lovers of Carbon

At night I saw my mother galloping toward the churchyard, she collected the hair of her deceased brother and cut, with a limestone switchblade, the threads of ash; with that material, she makes satchels that my father shows me in the waning of the sea, there–in silence–they keep three gold coins for my journey to the center of the air; but I was given no manual to vanquish the wind, nor facts to kiss demons.- the demon’s name is tedium, and he fools with his subtle presence.

The men rest the visions of topaz. The fire dances like the life within all minerals. The hands beseech in vapor of a dream of a broken mouth’s kiss for the noise of kindling.

Here, people I do not know comb my hair. They part and divvy up the strands of my head as waters part for the righteous. In each flowing of water a hovel is designed for braids and ghosts.

For every brocade of threads, the people I do not know, emit from their mouths a complaint as atrocious as silence; a whisper of prayers longs for god to keep me company, but I have had my tea with gods and the spears of their mouths have no effect on me.

my mother arranges her fears in my memories . she shines every button of the vest she has sewn from otter scales . at night, I saw her gallop toward my bed, she gathered the fruits of her sadness.


Andrea Crespo Granda

Andrea Crespo Granda is an Ecuadoran writer, educator, and activist. She has published several award-winning collections of poetry including L.A. Monstruo (2013); Registro de la habitada (2016); and Libro Hémbrico (2017). Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies of contemporary Ecuadoran poetry. She has served as Literary and Narrative Arts Director for the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, and currently works as a professor at the University of the Arts.

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) Andrea Crespo Granda. English translation copyright (c) Lina M. Ferreira C.-V., 2018.