Alice Vedral Rivera
Biography of Alice Vedral Rivera
Alice Vedral Rivera aka AVR is a poet, writer, lyricist, spoken word artiste and fledgling amateur photo artist. Ms. Rivera is a Czech-American who speaks, reads and writes Czech fluently even though she was born in a refugee camp in Germany and grew up in the Chicago area. As a child, she read anything she could get her hands on. She loves words – “the way they look, the way they sound, the way they feel in your mouth as they roll around your tongue”.
Three of her poems were published in the inaugural issue of The Poemhunter Anthology in 2005 and her poem, Mother of Cities (the first of her on-going Prague collection of poems) , was published in ‘Prague Tales’ in 2007. Her first book, “Dearest and Most Precious: A Love Journal” (poetic prose) , was published in 2006.
She wrote lyrics for her cousin’s band, ‘Ciba & Rhythm on 22nd’, whose first cd was released in May of 2007 featuring 8 of 12 songs with her lyrics. In addition, she recorded a spoken word cd of her poems, ‘Intimately Yours’, with Chuck Berglund’s soundscapes late in 2007. In 2007 and 2008, selections from both ‘Intimately Yours’ and ‘Ciba & Rhythm on 22nd’ were played (as part of their regular ‘Featured Artists’ broadcasts) on two internet radio stations – one in the UK and one in the US.
A past contributor to German poet Ulrike Gerbig’s forum for women (a place women could post their ideas, poems, stories, paintings, songs and photos) , she is currently a contributor to The Artist In You Blog and her commentaries, poetry, photo art, spoken word and other insights can be found on her personal blog - AVR’s Sentient Sentiments. She published 'The T. Collection: A Retrospective' in late December of 2013. Her trilogy, 'Shadows on the Carpet' I, II and III, (a compilation of her darker poems many of which are multi-layer relationship/social/political commentaries) has been published in 2014 as a series of 3 books. She is currently working on 'The Camp Series', a collection of poems written about her experiences at Camp Hostýn in 1961 & 1962 where her 1st poems (in Czech) were 'published' in the camp year end pamphlet.
Check out AVR's Sentient Sentiments at www.wordartiste.com;
facebook - Thorns and Velvet Poetry and AVR's Photo Art;
Follow me on Twitter - @wordartiste.
My cd, 'Intimately Yours', my vocals & poetry with Chuck F. Berglund's soundscapes can be found on www.cdbaby.com/cd/avrcfb.
You can hear me read my poems as well as excerpts from my first published book, ‘Dearest and Most Precious – A Love Journal’ (look for the titles marked with a? ;) , on www.acidplanet.com under artist name AVR, genre Spoken Word.
You can order my book directly from my publisher at www.authorhouse.com/BookStore/ItemDetail~bookid~33562.aspx
I wrote lyrics for and managed a band called Ciba & Rhythm on 22nd. More information on Ciba & Rhythm on 22nd can be found on www.ourstage.com/profile/cibarhythmon22nd.
If my words resonate with something in others, if I touch others on any level – then I have achieved my goal.
'To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes
to hear it is to see it with our ears.'
Alice Vedral Rivera's Works:
'Dearest and Most Precious - A Love Journal' © 2006 Available now at www.authorhouse.com
'The T. Collection: A Retrospective' © 2013
Available on Amazon.
'Shadows on the Carpet I' © 2014
Available on Amazon
'Shadows on the Carpet II' © 2014
Available on Amazon
'Shadows on the Carpet III' © 2014
Available on Amazon
Alice Vedral Rivera Poems
! Exoteric Descent Into Iniquity (Social...
Good manners and common sense Are trashed as ineffective Measures of controlled control
! Poets' Sinkhole Of Sewage (Social Comm...
Excrement of Arrogant, haughty Contaminated Minds filled with filthy
! Fire In The Hole (Social Commentary)
Masked arsonists playing With pyrotechnics Misconstrued Interpretation
! Ph Forum Decorum (Social/Political Com...
Inception of discussion Smart, insightful, clever Starched, unyielding Opposing polarities
! Forum Personas (Ph Forum Commentary)
Beware the multiple personalities that lie in shadows ready to pounce
! Infamous Disgrace (Ph Advertising Comm...
Poemhunter Overrun by Advertising Self-promotion
! Gullible Traveler (Social/Political Co...
Traversing Desolate Territory
! Givers Of Fives (Ph Rating Commentary)
The mystery of An anomaly Who are these Anonymous
! Insane Asylum (Ph Forum Commentary)
Forum madness punctuated by vile assaults alternating with
! Call To Insurgency (Social/Political C...
Intolerance towards those who spout Self-righteous pontification Provocative social ineptitude
Mé slzy jsou skryté v kapkách mokré rosy třpytící se skrz osamělost
! Artifice (Social Commentary)
The searing heat Of the illusion Belies the coldness
! Desecrated Poems/Floating Hyperlink In...
In 2009, hyperlinks started showing up within the body of the poem. This was my protest against it. Hyperlinks that move from one word to a different word when you revisit the poem.
! Accursed Vision (Social Commentary)
scene - dark, bleak, dank a dimension of dementia penultimate humanity corners littered exclusive of
v kapkách mokré rosy
třpytící se skrz osamělost
v slunečních paprscích
valí se dolů
do tmavě zelené tůně
dalších zbrusu nových dnů
strávených bez tebe
© Alice Vedral Rivera –2012