Photo by Sarah Hill

A Test of Labor (work in progress)
by Elna Rivera
as part of Labor Poetic Labor! 2: into the archive edited by Jill Magi


Elna Rivera was born in Mexico City, and spent her formative years in Paris. She has also lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, Montral and Providence, Rhode Island. She now resides in New York City.

Her book Scaffolding is forthcoming from the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. Other books are: A Test of Labor (work in progress) Labor Poetic Labor! 2: into the archive (Essay Press, 2015), Atmosphered (Oystercatcher Press, 2014), Overture (Metambesen, 2014), On the Nature of Position and Tone (Fields Press, 2012), The Perforated Map (Shearsman Books, 2011), and Remembrance of Things Plastic (LRL e-editions, 2010). She won the 2010 Robert Fagles prize for her translation of Bernard Nol's The Rest of the Voyage (Graywolf Press, 2011) and is a recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation.

Cover image: Sailboats III (photogravure on handmade paper, 7.52 x 7.52 ins) by Lothar Osterburg. Copyright Lothar Osterburg, 1999.