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Mistakes, Accidents and a Want of Liberty: Elena Rivera

Mistakes, Accidents and a Want of Liberty
Elena Rivera

"...whenever my condition was improved, instead of its increasing my contentedness, it only increased my desire to be free." --Frederick Douglass

£4.00, 18pp, ISBN 978-1-903488-54-6, May 2006

Author Biography

Eléna Rivera was born in Mexico City and spent her childhood in Paris. She is the author of Suggestions at Every Turn (Seeing Eye Books, 2005; available from Guy Bennet), Unknowne Land (Kelsey St. Press, 2000), Wale; or, the Corse (Leave Books, 1995; available as a pdf file at Duration Press), and a recent pamphlet entitled Disturbances in the Ocean of Air (Phylum Press, 2005). She won first prize in the 1998 Stand Magazine International Poetry Competition, the 1999 Frances Jaffer Book Award, and a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing 1995. She currently lives in New York City.

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from Mistakes, Accidents and a Want of Liberty:

A blue frame measures the family outing.
An investigation into the “brutalizing effects”
between what you have, what I have, and
the measuring of a “wretched condition,
without remedy.”

(A hole grows at the center and water
Doesn’t fill it, even if you dive in.)


Praise for Unknowne Land: "...this is a poem of and about extremity, and it reiterates poetry's ongoing role as an extreme discourse of beginings and apocalypses, strophes and catastrophes. Language explodes or implodes between the double pressures of tradition and innovation. the eruptions and earthquakes and tremblings in Unknowne Land are only the most literal manifestation of this tension." -Elizabeth Willis, the Poetry Project Newsletter, January 2001.

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