W.M. Rivera

Rookie - 70 Points (August 14,1934 / New Orleans, LA)

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W. M. Rivera grew up in the Irish Channel of New Orleans. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1955 with a major in French language and literature. He began writing poetry early on and published a book of poems titled “At the End of Legend’s String” (Views Press,1960, Washington, DC.) . For many years he worked for and taught international adult and agricultural ... more »

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Subtracting One

Subtracting One

Subtracting One

Verhaeren crushed rushing to board a train.
Rilke's agony pricked by a garden's thorn.
It's not the unexpected haunts us.

The source of our sorrows is what's known:
the inexorable cut-off from meaning,
how seasons turn, what openings disclose,

the vistas of departing trains,
the smallest cut that kills, amazing
how sameness changes.

I recollect O'Hara, a ruptured liver,
struck by a dune buggy.

No, it's not the unexpected. What's meant
is the devil in the flesh, ...

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