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ire’ne lara silva

ire’ne lara silva, the 2023 Texas State Poet Laureate, is the author of five poetry collections including furia, Blood Sugar Canto, CUICACALLI/House of Song, and FirstPoems; two chapbooks, Enduring Azucares and Hibiscus Tacos; and a short story collection, flesh to bone, which won the Premio Aztlán Literary Prize. Her first comic book, VENDAVAL, is forthcoming. ire’ne is the recipient of a Tasajillo Writers Grant; a National Assocation of Latino Arts and Cultures Fund for the Arts Grant; the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award; and was the Fiction Finalist for A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Gift of Freedom Award. Most recently, ire’ne was awarded the Texas Institute of Letters Edwin “Bud” Shrake Award for Best Short Nonfiction. She is a contributor to Texas, Being: A State of Poems and her latest poetry collection is the eaters of flowers.

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  • the eaters of flowers by ire’ne lara silva

    the eaters of flowers

    In "the eaters of flowers", her third book of poems for Saddle Road Press, after the much-loved "Blood Sugar Canto" and "Cuicacalli/House of Song", ire'ne lara silva writes about the loss of her brother, her adopted son. In her unique canto style she sings the stunned, broken months following his death, navigating grief, loss, loneliness, and the remembrance of joy, as she begins to re-assemble her life.

  • Texas, Being: A State of Poems by ire’ne lara silva

    Texas, Being: A State of Poems

    "Texas, Being: A State of Poems" collects more than forty-five poems from a beautiful and brutal state. Some are about the music of their languages. Some speak to the dead, some to the sun, and others to omissions of history. One concerns a hedgehog cactus, and another a roller rink. From "Happy, Texas" to "Palestine, TX," from seashores to skeletons to Selena, all are in one way or another about Texas, but good poems are always about more than one thing.

    Selected by Jenny Browne, 2017 poet laureate of Texas, these poems draw a picture of one of America's vastly sublime yet most audaciously independent corners. In these diverse voices, the state is a lovely and painful contradiction of space and meaning. Texas is a place "where blind catfish cruise" and wild asters grow. It's a frame of mind where Jenny Boully writes "the history is unending" and Mexican American studies professor Christopher Carmona can "feel the slowness of time." Jorge Luis Borges wrote of it as "an endless plain / Where a man's cry dies a lonely death." Victoria Chang writes that "there is so / much sky that even birds / get lost."

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