Nourishment by Patria Rivera

Poem name: Nourishment Poet name: Patria Rivera Poem begins: People sleep have no need to take a handful of soil sift through earth family blood Daylight subsides Magellan’s crew stuck in Pacific doldrums slowly starved When they ran out of rats they bit into the mainmast while a new world lay in the rain End of Poem.  Credits: Copyright © Patria Rivera Previously published in The Time Between (Signature Editions, 2018). Patria Rivera is a Canadian poet, writer, and editor. She has published four poetry anthologies and two chapbooks, including Puti/White (2005), The Bride Anthology (2007), BE (2011), and The Time Between (2018). Her first poetry collection, Puti/White, was a finalist for the Canadian Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Rivera’s poetry is featured in Oxford University Press’s Perspectives in Ideology, and in Elana Wolff’s Implicate me: Short Essays on Reading Contemporary Poems.