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National Poetry Month: Ire'ne Lara Silva 

there will be singing in the morning

and singing in the night singing in the days

of want and singing in the days of plenty

singing alone and singing with ghosts

singing old songs and singing new songs we

will remember songs we haven’t heard yet

songs that haven’t been dreamt yet songs no

one has found the words for songs sung on

the road and songs sung in bed songs sung

while weeping and songs sung while waiting

songs for breath and sun and light and

moon and earth and water songs for

sustenance we will sing impossible songs

indecipherable songs songs that cannot be

heard and songs that cannot be shared

we will sing songs without words silent songs

and screaming songs songs that tremble and

songs we can embrace

song and i live in

each other’s skins song and i breathe each

other’s breath take refuge in each other

passing silver fire light between each other’s

lips hot and cold at once naming and un-

naming freeing ourselves taking wing song

and i spiraling in the sky i would like to die

singing let there be song in my throat

spilling out let my last breath be song

(first published in the online journal, Rabbit and Rose, Issue 02)

by ire'ne lara silva

ire'ne lara silva is the author of  ani'malINDIGENA, and furia, (poetry) and a collection of short stories, flesh to bone, forthcoming from Aunt Lute Press. ire'ne was recently named the Fiction Finalist for AROHO's Gift of Freedom Award, and she is a co-coordinator for the Flor De Nopal Literary Festival.

On Saturday at the Gallery at San Antonio Central Library, ire'ne lara silva will read as part of the CantoMundo Reading. Other readers include San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Deborah Paredez, Celeste Guzman Mendoza, Gloria Amescua, Amalia Leticia Ortiz, and Emmy Perez.

 Free; 2pm Saturday, April 6, Gallery at San Antonio Central Library, 600 Soledad, (210) 207-2500,

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