Alberto Ríos: Dear Poet 2016

it begins for the short epigraph one River gives its journey to the next we give because someone gave to us we give because nobody gave to us we give because giving has changed us we give because giving could have changed us we've been better for it we've been wounded by it giving has many faces it is loud and quiet big though small diamond in wood nails its story is old the plot worn and the pages too but we read this book anyway over and again giving is first and every time hand to hand mine – yours yours – mine you gave me blue and I gave you yellow together we are simple green you gave me what you did not have and I gave you what I had to give together we made something greater from the difference

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