Printer Friendly

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
     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.

COPYRIGHT 2013 World Poetry, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2013 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:three poems
Author:Soto-Roman, Carlos
Publication:The American Poetry Review
Article Type:Poem
Geographic Code:3CHIL
Date:Sep 1, 2013
Previous Article:Ego Sum Qui Sum.
Next Article:Chile's Golpe & Neruda's Deathbed Poem.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters