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Poison Girl - Menina Veneno

Poison Girl (Menina Veneno), by the British-Brazilian auteur Ritchie, is the result of his first trip to a hospital in Brazil. Shortly after moving to Brazil in the early 70s, he caught a terrible bout of dermatobiosis, a fly-borne disease commonly known in Brazil as Bern, which required about 2 weeks in a hospital, taking up to seven shots of highly strong psychotropic drugs, usually administered by nurses.

This poem was written about one nurse in particular, Ana Néri, who looked after Ritchie for most of his stay. Having grown in Britain, and thus used to the colder and often aloof nurses of NHS, he confused the openness of Ana with attempts to seduce him. The fact that he was “tripping off his balls” (not my words, but Ana’s technical report), and didn’t speak Portuguese probably helped making things more confusing.
Midnight in my room, she's coming up
I hear the steps in the stairwell, I see the door opening
A meat coloured lamp, blue sheets
Silk curtains, your naked body

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