Friday, January 01, 2010

When the Shadow Filled Window Opens, Eléna Rivera

Using elegant, meditative sentences and the form of a long prose poem, Rivera takes her readers on a journey through the varied thoughts, memories, and images involved in one moment of perception, with its contractions and expansions.

An excerpt:

The way the meadow observed from my desk becomes a site for daydreaming, for moving away from reality. Immensity glimpsed at by just ("just"?) changing one's position. The difference another makes as to how one hears things, the way grass follows a path, goes from yellow to blue to green and one remembers the smell of it, wiggling ones toes."

ELENA RIVERA'S recent publications are Mistakes, Accidents and a Want of Liberty (Barque Press, 2006), Suggestions at Every Turn (Seeing Eye Books, 2005), and Disturbances in the Ocean of Air (Phylum press, 2005). Her translation of Isabelle Baladine Howard's Secrets of the Breath is forthcoming from Burning Deck.

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