Elizabeth Rivers has won the Milton Dorfman Poetry prize,
1999, and the Portland Pen Poetry contest, 2000, and has
been published in various magazines. Chosen as the Montgomery
County Poet Laureate, PA for 2008 by Marie Howe, she is
also the 2009 winner of the Robert Fraser Open Poetry competition
sponsored by Bucks County Community College.
personal passion is to celebrate poetry writing by children.
She helps sponsor youth contests in her area, helps publish
children's poetry online, and works with teachers and students.
Please check out PoetryWITS
(Writers in the Schools), a website sponsored
by the Montgomery County Poet Laureate program under the
guidance of Joanne Leva.
book costs $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping
here to request an order of Elizabeth Rivers
poetry book, Colors of the Universe
for 'Colors of the Universe':
this is better than I thought it would be!"
"First Dust, Star Dust," Elizabeth Rivers
writes: "Still, mystery's here: dark clouds that
cool the universe enough/ to let small stars like
ours condense and wear/ their furious light."
In the lovely play of that verb "wear,"
we sense the intelligence of Rivers' poetry: there
is a wide and rich universe condensed in these short
verses. I know of no other poet who brings such humanity
and gentle humor to the disturbing recognition of
our temporary situation in this universe."
perhaps the finest poem, "Unleaving," Rivers
begins with an image of autumn--rose-red circle fell
on my lawn, all untied maple leaves," then moves
to "crisis time, darkness and ice" when
"the maple prunes itself" and concludes
with this observation and question: "no treason's
done when trees lose leaves; what of my death, that
Who will keep my rose, my green?"
Indeed, it is the reader who benefits from this honest
questioning, this fierce clarity, this need to find
Kane, Survivors in the Garden