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Shana Linda ~ pretty pretty: poems Paperback – July 23, 2009
About the Author
Nanette Rayman Rivera's books include Project: Butterflies by Foothills Publishing and alegrias by Lopside Press. She is finishing her memoir. She is a two-time Pushcart nominee and her poem: Shoes 1943 was selected for publication in Best of the Net 2007. Her poem Only Visit to my Mother was nominated for Best of the Net 2009. She is the first winner of the Glass Woman Prize for memoir. Publications include Oranges and Sardines, The Worcester Review, MiPOesias, The Berkeley Fiction Review, Dragonfire, Arsenic Lobster, Pedestal, The Pebble Lake Review, Magnolia, The Wilderness House Literary Review, Carousel, Sein Und Werden, Carve Magazine, Stirring's Steamiest Six, along with Sharon Olds, blossombones, Hobble Creek Review, Wheelhouse, The Externalist, Barnwood and Whistling Shade. She is listed in IMBD and Turner Classic Movies for her roles in Stephan's Silver Bell and Guns on the Clackamas. She played a silent waitress on All My Children.
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Rayman-Rivera's is an original poetic voice, offering a painful mix of melodious and gritty--beautiful imagination and harsh reality--lush sensuality and unwanted poverty. At times difficult to read due to its themes of homelessness, drug addiction, and withering dreams, yet this book gives us a voice that needs to be heard.
from Magdalena Ball's review:
"This is poetry that is both vividly present in gritty reality, and heavily symbolic. It's heady enough for multiple re-readings, revealing something new each time as it takes the reader down and then up again between pain, loss, and revelation. Nanette Rayman Rivera has created a powerful collection full of un-sentimental pathos and strong, intense imagery."
from Martha Engberger's review:
"I read poetry in the way I view modern art, not with a mind full of rules established by The Poetry Elite, but rather for an eye toward what moves me. Even if I don't understand the meaning of the poem, I consider it a marvelous success if the words leave me with a unique twist on the world: an image, impression or emotion so strong I can almost taste it.
Such is the case with the poems of Nanette Rayman Rivera in shana linda ~ pretty pretty. ..Ms. Rivera don't sink into that mundane, self-indulgent realm. Instead, the words and phrases touch the ground lightly, then leap away, the joy of living always present. Even when devastation looms, the joy -- the play and sound and rhythm of the words -- shines through a unique prism..."
from Julene Tripp Weaver:
"I had to slow down to enter Nanette Rayman-Rivera's world and language... This is a book that is rich with dense images, her writing evokes pain yet rides the pain using exotic flowers-flor de maga & Laeila Lobata (an orchid), birds, and the world of theater. I learned much that was out of my radar:
More pain in the poem "an actress and her stigmata," she writes, "On what you're after. You think you will make it,/each woman a mess-about denudes herself in smiles the bigger/the sadder. Her wrist and pulse a friendship/bracelet covering her scars, refusing to be imagined otherwise." On the publisher's website it states one of the things this book is about is homelessness--I would say it is about homelessness in the heart of a woman who is beautiful in a world that gives beauty back only through nature. A book of displacement, yet in it is a survivor making sense through a complex web, and sometimes holding onto the pain is what gives strength. I feel the pain, feel the incredible strength in her words; she speaks in a complex language that touched my heart."