I Received Punches and Kicks.
I received punches and kicks ... They hit me with the butt of their rifles ... They applied me electricity ... I was brutally raped by two men ... I was subjected to torture. I was raped ... I received blows in my ears and they applied me electricity ... I was beaten under the belly; they hit me with wet sacks on my legs ... They throw me buckets of water while tied to a post ... They mocked my execution ... They pulled off the nails of my toes ... They made me hear a recording of children moaning ... and said they were my children ... I was a month and a half pregnant. I was two months pregnant. I was three months pregnant. I was five months pregnant. I was six months pregnant. Then they began to throw them into the sea off San Antonio, I think. Did they do something to them before they were thrown? They say they opened them They opened them? The stomach. So they couldn't float.
CARLOS SOTO-ROMAN, a Chilean pharmacist and poet, holds a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has published in Chile: La Marcha de los Quiltros (1999), Haiku Minero (2007), and Cambio y Fuera (2009); and in the USA: Philadelphia's Notebooks (Otoliths, 2011). He is a MacDowell Fellow and has been awarded two scholarships from the Chilean Council for Culture and the Arts.
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|Title Annotation:||three poems|
|Publication:||The American Poetry Review|
|Date:||Sep 1, 2013|
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