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My name is Cynthia Cruz and I'm reading the poem "Silencer" from my book Dregs.  

Silencer

Sorrow in the black strip of film.
The static of the television set.

Delicate glass vase filled with flowers.

Telepathy, phenomena.

I wanted to make a star-like cluster of sticky jewels
Inside a veil of indescribable music.

I wanted the work to die
Inside me.  

Like a Tarkovsky, or Bela Tarr movie.

Delicate, paper cutouts made as children.  
Or masks made with paper plates and white string

To hide the face behind.  

All great works, they say, have death
Inside their making.