by Sergio Ballouk
Translated from Portuguese by Julian Cola



how many statues of bandits
extermination commanders
forest caps? how many?

how many street names of wealth mongers
squares and viaducts
of those who despised the people?
how many?

how many rotten within,
bearing an upright stench,
as if standing
drains guts and venom?
how many?

how many are still watching us
waiting for their chance
to enter a bronze statue?
how many?




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