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94| Aug. 15th for William Shakespeare

Eléna Rivera


To have the kind of ________ that no one can            presence
That will not hurt ___ even the smallest thing            not
I saw a fly, now ______ circle around leaves            gnats
That will not judge or cradle the cold or ____            turn

The self in this has no grace, ___ gratitude,                no
thinks boredom the barrier when it's ___ gold,            pure
energizes _____ jumps hoops just for grace,            matter
if sweet _____ our fellow gardenias and herbs            gives

We think of things as _______, correction            reflection
The sweet can fester instead __ the human            of
When divided it’s ___ surface that rankles            the
with pain at the gate of self and it's _______            structures

Poet remind me it's more _____ than need            subtle
She crosses her legs circled around the ____            leaves

Eléna Rivera’s most recent books are On the Nature of Position and Tone (Field Press, 2012), The Perforated Map (Shearsman Books, 2011), and Remembrance of Things Plastic (LRL e-editions, 2010). She won the 2010 Robert Fagles Prize for her translation of Bernard Noël's The Rest of the Voyage (Graywolf Press, 2011) and is a recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation.

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