W.M. Rivera

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

W.M. Rivera Poems

1. Magritte And This Morning Bewick's Wren 8/22/2014
2. Opening Blinds In The Dark 4/26/2015
3. Blue Wisteria 4/27/2015
4. Ponder 4/27/2015
5. A Gift 8/6/2012
6. The Sun Goes Off 8/6/2012
7. After Hurricane Katrina, Words For My Grandmother 4/6/2014
8. Subtracting One 10/8/2017

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Subtracting One

Subtracting One
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Subtracting One
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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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