No Time for Literary Criticism
by Mark Chmiel
You are the voice of people with adhesive tape across their mouths
This is no time for literary criticism.
Nor for attacking the gorillas with surrealistic poems.
And what use are metaphors if slavery is not a metaphor,
If death in the river of the Dead is not a metaphor,
If the Squadron of Death is not?
–Ernesto Cardenal, from his Epistle to Monsignor Casaldáliga
Dom Pedro Casaldáliga
photo by Mev