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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After Hurricane Katrina, Words For My Grandmother

(Jeannette McLeod Hayes Moser,1899-1965) .
-The above ground tombs in New Orleans cemeteries are often referred to as “cities of the dead.”

Decomposed years ago in summer heat,
you float in an above-ground tomb, wet
in the current delta's swelter,
an imaginary you, captive in a cryptic world.

In New Orleans, give or take a year, the dead
get pushed aside, swept quick into burial
bags – sprinkled after on the previous
layers of ancestral ash – to let the latest
grief pile on. That done, now there's this
hurricane brings you back; gnaws ...

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