“Que lindo, pero así no fue.” My mother rereads my poem on her smartphone, shaking her head

During the Guatemalan Civil War, the government forcibly disappeared a reported 45,000 people—a conservative estimate according to human rights groups. Gabriela Ramirez-Chavez combines poetry, photographs, and found language to document a sliver of her family’s story and the disappearance of her maternal uncle. Ramirez-Chavez’s fragments and prose poems offer a moving look at the official discourse surrounding the violence and intergenerational trauma that spans decades and borders.

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