bless you in the name of all that is good and strong and beautiful,
Antonio. Always have the strength to live. Love life, and if despair
enters your heart, look for me in the evenings when the wind is gentle
and the owls sing in the hills. I shall be with you."
Rich Villar is the author of the poetry collection Comprehending Forever (Willow Books, 2014). He directs Acentos, an organization fostering audiences and community around Latino/a literature, and he has been quoted on Latino literature and culture by The New York Times and the Daily News.