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Festival of Reading: The Poetry Column: Silvia Curbelo

Poet Silvia Curbelo is a native of Cuba who emigrated to the United States with her parents as a child and has lived in Tampa all her adult life. A line from one of her poems, "Can you stand perfectly still and hold this moment open?" is a light installation atop the Tampa Convention Center.

Hearing the News

It is like fire. It is a kind of burning.

Silence moves through it

like breath. It goes nowhere.

Where it begins it

ends, a notion surrounding

itself like a ring of flame.

It is nothing you have not heard before.

It is the essence of sound.

Imagine yourself there, not

there. It is the light falling

without you through trees

whose voicelessness

embodies the idea of you,

a burning thing among trees.

The way without you nothing

speaks and nothing

answers. Someone who is not

named, who is not there. Or

something that falls and is

not heard for many years,

but whose name is a constant,

a whisper of itself

among trees. The way

a child might imagine his own

death, distant and luminous

as a star. And burning.

From "Falling Landscape," Anhinga Press, 2015.

Silvia Curbelo will present her book Falling Landscape at

11 a.m. Oct. 24 in Poynter Corner, Poynter Library.

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