Acts of Love
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Acts of Love
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."
"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