Books

Nothing Below But Air, published in March, 2014, by Main Street Rag, is a full length collection in four sections that explores connections between the inner and outer world of the poet.  The cover art is from a painting by Chrys Riviere-Blalock, my first cousin. It is our first collaboration. To purchase your copy print out the order form attached below or visit Main Street Rag's website.


What others are saying about the book:

"Poet Fred Chappell says only the faint-hearted could resist these poems, and certainly I cannot. They dare take us into the territory of love and desire, past loves and a wild nature the poet listens to and celebrates like a "summons from a savage world." Delving into the territory of madness and connection, mountain bears and she-cats, wild flings and married love, feminine identity and survival, Riviere-Seel looks at her life through the sharply focused lens of a woman older and wiser, but still drawn to the wild heart of things. Balanced with contemplative poems that explore communes and yoga, meditation and prayer, this poet's first full-length collection is an exhilarating plunge into the world of the body and spirit."
--Marjorie Hudson author of  Searching for Virginia Dare and Accidental Birds of the Carolina (a PEN/Hemingway Award for Distinguished First Fiction)

Reviews:
    Asheville Citizen's Times by Rob Neufeld


The Serial Killer’s Daughter  won the NC Literary and Historical Society's 2009 Roanoke-Chowan Award for poetry. The manuscript was a finalist in the Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest. The poems arise from reported and actual events, but are, like all poems, works of imagination. To purchase your copy print out the order form attached below or visit Main Street Rag's website.

For information about the staged readings and performances of Serial Killer's Daughter, click here.

Poems from the book are posted on the “author’s page

The poems arise from the life and execution of Velma Barfield. Velma, from eastern NC, was convicted in 1978 of first degree murder in thepoisoning death of her fiancé. She confessed to poisoning at least three others who died from the poison, including her mother. Her When she was executed in November 1984 in Raleigh, her survivors included a daughter, a son and three grandchildren. Although based on factual and reported information, the poems are works of imagination.

What others are saying about the book:

Pat Riviere-Seel’s The Serial Killer’s Daughter lays a heavy burden on its reader: a burden that asks the reader to hold the tension between the emotions of anger and desire for vengeance and the emotions of pity and compassion. Merging her experience as a newspaper reporter with her esteemed poetic skill, Riviere-Seel has transformed a journalistic sensation into a work of terrible beauty. This book moves us all, in the end, toward an unknowable continent, which is, perhaps, the human heart in all its vast complexities.
            – Cathy Smith Bowers
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Pat Riviere-Seel,
Sep 23, 2014, 8:15 AM