Tropical Sacrifice

Lucas de Lima

Tropical Sacrifice is a wishbone against a fascist heart/a prophetic, dream-filled narrative based on the spiritual journey of a chicken. Used for sacrificial ritual in Afro-Brazilian religion, the chicken becomes a re-enchantment of the poet's ancestry. Her superior vision gives access to histories of genocide and ecocide, opening a portal to Indigenous, Afro-diasporic, queer and nonhuman worlds. From the favela to the Amazon to the astral plane, it is the half-winged bird who escapes the factory farm, inviting voices to bleed out of the sky.

What People Are Saying

Dawn Lundy Martin

“When reading Lucas de Lima, I cannot help but think of Nathaniel Mackey’s interest in the Kaluli myth of the boy who, in lament, turns into a muni bird and half cries half sings a song mourning the annihilation of kinship. De Lima’s poetry vibrates a necessary dark song of cultural reclamation that presupposes its legitimacy, its rights as having come first. Because I am only excited by poems that have duende, I am tremendously excited by this work—duende in the black sounds that pierce through so much performative violence, so much nothingness.”

Inside the Book

Perfect Bound
6" x 9"
Publication Date:
Spring 2022

From the Book


Click here to read six poems from Tropical Sacrifice in PEN America.

Click here to read an excerpt from Tropical Sacrifice in Apogee Journal.

Click here to read an excerpt from Tropical Sacrifice in Aster(ix) Journal.