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MARIA OF THE ROTTING FACE by Emily Jaeger

llena eres de gracia              crouched on a stump,                          feet dug into the red dust, you peel the mandioca              they feed you each day                          to ten white blades. Bless this home              bendita tú eres.                          Your children, their hundred chickens,              fourteen pigs, six cows,                          three hives— you counted them              before words turned                          to blue gum and you […]

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