I was born with the name Riviere which means river in French. When I married Ed Seel, I took him and his name as a part of myself. Seel means soul in German. I am, indeed, a river soul.
Pat Riviere-Seel is the author of two chapbooks: No Turning Back Now (2004) and The Serial Killer’s Daughter (2009). Her most recent poetry collection, Nothing Below but Air (2014), was a semifinalist for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. The Serial Killer’s Daughter has been staged by several theatrical groups. Pat has taught in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program and in 2012 was poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo. She is a co-editor of Kakalak 2016. Before earning her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, she worked as a newspaper journalist, publicist, and lobbyist. She lives in Asheville, NC, in woods populated by bear, wild turkey, and an assortment of other wildlife.
Study with Pat--The Western Region's Distinguished Poet
The Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series supports the mission of the North Carolina Poetry Society to foster the reading, writing, and enjoyment of poetry across the state. Three Distinguished Poets from the east, central, and west of North Carolina will mentor each a middle-school, a high-school, a college or university student, and an adult within their respective regions.
Today the trees release their leaves. The wind
a breath that calls the colors down to earth --
wild dance with crimson, gold, and brown
aloft in death, unfurling flaming fields
and forest floor. If I could hurl myself
like this into each ending, long for nothing
sure or safe,
descend, a woman trusting the fall,
I'd release all claim to expectation,
breathe the air of possibility,
find beginnings everywhere.
I'd settle down to loamy earth long enough
to nourish what waits, growing still
in the summons from a savage world.
-- Pat Riviere-Seel