A Possible Account by Rigoberto Paredes

BOMB 12 Spring 1985
012 Spring Summer 1985

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This ends with one blow:
they will take you to a humid room
without a toilet
and oblige you to sleep on your excrement
then you will hear my voice
you will hear that I am calling you
you will have all your memories present
for proving your courage
you will not hear the cries
of the frail ones already assassinated.

Translated from the Spanish by Zoë Anglesey.


Rigoberto Paredes. Honduras, 1948. He has published several books of poetry and is coauthor of Contemporary Poetry of Central America.

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