Acts of Love

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ISBN 978-1-931896-06-1
Publication Date
April 2004
Page Count
68 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

Acts of Love

Edgar Gabriel Silex

In his third book of poetry, Edgar Gabriel Silex explores the ways love confronts us. Devastatingly honest, these poems begin with "children transported in confusions of love" and examine relationships within the family and with lovers, and "how our love, for our most precious things, is soiled with our shameful behaviors, by our acceptance of doubt and melancholia." The general movement of the poems is affirmative, traveling from the pain of childhood trauma through understanding to the point where the narrator is able to break the cycle of violence and conclude "we will remember / everything in beauty."
About the Author

Edgar Gabriel Silex is the author of Acts of Love (Curbstone Books, 2004) and Through All the Displacements (Curbstone Books, 1995). He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Maryland State Council for the Arts. He lives in Laurel, Maryland and teaches at St. Mary's College of Maryland.


"Edgar Gabriel Silex is a storyteller. His poems understand and relate the stories of our spirit, our history, our possibility, and they ask us to forgive ourselves. I believe him to be a wonderful poet. Wonderful."—Lucille Clifton

"The poems in Acts of Love challenge individual experience with the largest of spiritual contexts: for Edgar Silex compassion and conscience are cosmology. His universe, though scarred with streets and chilled with violent rooms, surrounds the human world with a seamless intelligence. In never looking away, Silex ultimately comes to a view of beauty. Closer in, his words never let go of the hands of those who have suffered." —Sandra McPherson

"Ultimately, despite his willingness to look at the uglier side of human love, Silex moves toward healing and hope, recognizes that 'these torments are unspoken prayers / by which we learn grace and wisdom,' that the 'divine . . . makes a gift of each day.' We will, he says 'remember / everything in beauty / we will remember everything / in beauty / that is the thread / we are woven from." —Jessica Powers, New Pages