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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
Author:Soto-Roman, Carlos
Publication:The American Poetry Review
Article Type:Poem
Geographic Code:3CHIL
Date:Sep 1, 2013
Words:318
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