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These Drums and Guiros

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On the Question of Race - Quique Avilés

In lines 27 and 28, the speaker says he has all “these drums / these guiros” inside him. Like a drum, a guiro is a percussive instrument, one that is part of Latin-American musical traditions. In using the demonstrative pronoun “these,” he is stating that as readers we should already be familiar with the drums and guiros he is speaking of.

In the lines preceding these, what or who are the drums and guiros he references in lines 27 and 28?

A

The drums and guiros are the voices of the people on the streets that inhabit his life.

B

The drums and guiros are the incessant beating of questions asked of him that he has no answers to.

C

The drums and guiros are the competing racial identities that he must choose between when he is asked to answer the question of race in a singular way.

D

The drums and guiros are the symbols of the music and the voice of his poetry.

E

The drums and guiros are the voices of the diverse people inside him that he is stating are all part of who he is.