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Rani Rivera

Rani Rivera was born in 1981 and died in 2016. She studied English at the University of Toronto and impressed many with her poetry. The collection All Violet was published posthumously.


All Violet: Poems

Halfmoon Bay, BC: Dagger Editions, 2017.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

In All Violet, a young woman chronicles the experience of living on the margins, in spaces and places where body and mind are flayed by guilt, disappointments and betrayals. Her poems record the shattering trauma of struggling to survive through periods of doubt, fear, rage and pain, creating a narrative of disconnection, indignation, alienation and emptiness, the extremes of suffering and desperation.

Employing lyrical free verse, Rani Rivera has skillfully employed the short line to pinpoint moments of acute perception.

Unadorned, taut and precise cries of pain, loss and fury draw the reader deeper and deeper inside this in-your-face confrontation with a dark world of foreboding alleviated by flashes of mordant wit and grace under fire.


Publisher Caitlin Press, publisher of Dagger Editions.