Silvia Curbelo

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Silvia Curbelo is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Falling Landscape (Anhinga Press,2015) . She has received poetry fellowships from the NEA, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Cintas Foundation and the Writer's Voice. Awards include the Jessica Nobel Maxwell Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review and the James Wright Poetry Prize from Mid-American Review. A ... more »

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Painting Gala

Gala in childhood. In rain.
In white garments. On a train
with a book and a suitcase.
Gala with swans, untouched
by sadness, feathers
tumbling from her mouth.
Without shoes. With a glass
of warm milk, sitting
crosslegged in the garden chair.

Gala in a taxi. In sleep.
In love with silence, her good
friend, her confidante,
and behind her left shoulder
the road. A madonna,
a bird, a many-
ringed thing like a tree
trunk. Windblown.

Sullen as a starfish.
Marooned, a beached
thing, moonlight spreading
the great satin ...

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