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  • The Blue Mimes, Sara Daniele Rivera
    Graywolf, 9781644452790, April 2, 2024 (Poetry)

    “A bilingual and elegiac collection that explores transnational sorrow with an openness to delving into the gulfs loss creates, rather than succumbing to them. Memories of family and political histories intertwine with cultural unrest and the sensorially intimate to form poems with a sketchy quality — much like the drawings in the book — with deep feeling and sense of possibility. Disarmingly beautiful.”

    —Luis Correa, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

    The Blue Mimes is a collection of poetry like a grater — smooth and delicate on one side, sharp and treacherous on the other. Let Rivera take you through scenes of her life — some hauntingly tender and beautiful, others the most devastating losses you could imagine. Interwoven through the book are wispy sketches that, to me, are emblematic of the experience of reading this book. A tumbleweed being pulled through a vast landscape, picking up pieces of the world around me as I am forced to move on.”

    —Frances Metzger, Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, MT

    The Blue Mimes explores political and social upheaval in the United States, while also focusing on the individual experience of navigating such events, both presently and in our memories. Sara Daniele Rivera intertwines English and Spanish to present a collection of poetry that is deeply personal, while remaining recognizable to those in the public at large who have also lived through these experiences.”

    —Devon Overley, Loganberry Books, Shaker Heights, OH

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