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Jacob Erin Cilberto or Ken Gilbert or the nickname of Fog since he was 19 is the author of the two poems written about in this essay Cilberto is originally from Bronx New York and now lives in Southern Illinois He is married to a writer Laura Demali Gilbert who writes short stories and poetry He teaches workshops at Heartland Writers Conference in Sikeston Missouri and workshops for the Southern Illinois writers guild He teaches at John A Logan College and Shawnee Community College He says when he teaches poetry he stresses that it is not about wrong or right not figuring out what the author was thinking but what we as the readers think as we read it Cilberto is the name of his grandfather before he was an orphan and they changed his name His work has appeared in numerous magazines such as Pegasus Wind Journal Hudson View and caf Review He writes reviews of poetry in Chiron Review Skyline Review and others Intersection Blues is Cilbertos 13th book of poetry He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry in 2006 2007 2008 and 2010 He has been writing since 1970 Cilbertos The Loudest Quiet is a poem that explores the everyday noise that he hears in the morning The wind is howling the dogs are barking then quiet He hears the steps of someone inside He isnt able to hold his hand with the coffee cup He is anxious like fugitives on the run Silence uproars and then all is put to rest and is finally quiet for real This poem uses many poetic terms such as assonances anapests and alliterationsAn assonance is the repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence or a line of poetry Howling symphony1 in the end uses the long e sound Mews muted 5 used the mu sounds News of intruders 6 News and the true of intruders sounds alike Gazing through the
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