Sara Daniele Rivera, The Blue Mimes

Friday, May 31, 2024 - 6:00pm

Join us on Friday, May 31st to celebrate the launch of Sara Daniele Rivera's new book of poetry, The Blue Mimes, recipient of the 2023 Academy of American Poets' First Book Award.

"Loss and mourning likewise haunt this debut, which mixes forms (sonnets, prose poems, lyric free verse) to plumb the dawn of Covid and a father's death." —The New York Times Book Review

"Sara Daniele Rivera's poems are fractals of home, landscape and beloveds. They begin in losses and end and begin again in rhythmic half-details. English wraps to Spanish in which grief is constantly pulsing, breaking every turbulence into pattern. Rivera writes 'I want to believe death is only a pause / in our continuous language.' As readers, we accompany the poet in her search for endurance. The Blue Mimes is a beautiful collection, pointing us to look in tender directions, and figuring a gestalt made from contemporary terrors and the plainsong of ancestors." —Lauren Camp

Sara Daniele Rivera’s award-winning debut is a collection of sprawling elegy in the face of catastrophic grief, both personal and public. From the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election through the COVID-19 pandemic, these poems memorialize lost loved ones and meditate on the not-yet gone—all while the wider-world loses its sense of connection, safety, and assurance. In those years of mourning, The Blue Mimes is a book of grounding and heartening resolve, even and especially in the states of uncertainty that define the human condition.
Rivera’s poems travel between Albuquerque, Lima, and Havana, deserts and coastlines and cities, Spanish and English—between modes of language and culture that shape the contours of memory and expose the fault lines of the self. In those inevitable fractures, with honest, off-kilter precision, Rivera vividly renders the ways in which the bereft become approximations of themselves as a means of survival, mimicking the stilted actions of the people they once were. Where speech is not enough, this astonishing collection finds a radical practice in continued searching, endurance without promise—the rifts in communion and incomplete pictures that afford the possibility to heal.

Sara Daniele Rivera is a Cuban Peruvian American artist, writer, translator, and educator. Her writing has appeared in The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNextSolsticeWaxwing, and elsewhere. Her debut book of poetry, The Blue Mimes, won the 2023 Academy of American Poets First Book Award and was recently released by Graywolf Press. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
The Blue Mimes: Poems By Sara Daniele Rivera Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644452790
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - April 2nd, 2024