100 Refutations: Day 77

This Is Not a Metaphor

A metaphor
has died.
once and again
by a wooden
on the nape of its neck.
The murderer
has picked up
a kitchen
to dismember it
starting with the stomach.
No frills, no poetry.
In the shower:
the liver,
the members,
the kidneys.
In the sink,
the brains.

The pale
the literary symbol
comes undone in the water.

The metaphor
preserves beside it
one ID:
my uncle’s,
and dismembered
without poetry
worth anything
for his


Laura Fuentes Belgrave

Laura Fuentes Belgrave is a journalist, sociologist, cultural advocate, and writer. She holds a degree in comunicación colectiva from the University of Costa Rica with an emphasis in journalism, a degree in sociology, a master’s in Latin American studies from Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III, and a doctorate in sociology from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). She has been widely published in journals and anthologies in Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, and France. She is the author of three books: Penumbra de la paloma (1999), Cementerio de cucarachas (2006), and Antierótica feroz (2013). She works as a professor and researcher at both National University and the University of Costa Rica.

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) Laura Fuentes Belgrave. English translation copyright (c) Lina M. Ferreira C.-V., 2018.