What are the words you do not yet have?, “what are you afraid of” asked the poet and activist Audre Lorde. This books asks these questions, and attempts to find these words as a way to overcome the multiple silences of one’s inheritance. From the image of the fish and their extension in the sky -the birds-, from the water and air of the poem, the words not yet possessed are given birth. This book believes in the capacity of language to speak about what burdens us and conflicts us, and wants to explore these knowing that even the fish can get thirsty, and that abundance can also be an extreme form of absence.
About the Author:
Silvia Goldman is from Uruguay and has lived in the United States since 2001. Her first book of poetry, Cinco movimientos del llanto, was published in 2008 by Ediciones de Hermes Criollo. A section of this book was translated by Charlotte Whittle and published in 2016 by Cardboardhouse Press under the title No one rises indifferent to sorrow. De los peces la sed, her most recent book, was published in 2018 by Pandora Lobo Estepario Press. Her unpublished manuscript, miedo, was a finalist for the VI Premio Internacional de poesía “Pilar Fernández Labrador”. She has two other manuscripts: árbol y otras ansiedades, and matar al padre. Her poems and academic articles have been included in various literary journals and anthologies in Latin America, the U.S., and Europe. She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Brown University and teaches at DePaul University.