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Susana H. Case

  

Mapinguari

Hidden under thick trees,
dozens stalk darkness.
Stink of death, remoteness.
Hefty hairy
Mapinguari.

Seven hunters have shot one,
eighty have seen one.
Heard them growl
with scratchy teeth.
A clay cast—a weighty footprint.
They walk on their knuckles.
Three large toes.
Claws mark a copaiba tree.

It is said one lives inside each of us.
Lurks in crevices
of ancient deeds and thoughts.
Comes out in dreams for air.

   

Susana H. Case's most recent chapbook is Manual of Practical Sexual Advice (Kattywompus Press, 2012). Her book, Salem In Séance (WordTech Editions) will be released in 2013. Please visit her online at http://iris.nyit.edu/~shcase/.
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