Troubling Accents by R. Flowers Rivera
“Troubling Accents” by R. Flowers Rivera is filled with the subjects of race, gender roles, women, charming children, not so charming children, and most importantly troubles people face.
In the poem, “Green Pods” by Raquel Rivera we get a taste of history, cleverness, and truthfulness. Told by a narrator with a young sister of two-years-old that makes the statement “white people lie,” the poem “Green Pods” has very real and relatable characters. Just as she does in “Green Pods,” award winning poet R. Flowers Rivera expresses many assorted personal experiences in her first collection Troubling Accents.
R. Flowers Rivera is a Mississippi native who did her doctoral studies at Binghamton University. In 2009 she was awarded the Leo Love Merit Scholarship in Poetry in association with Taos Summer Writers Conference. Her work has been anthologized in Mischief, Caprice & Other Poetic Strategies and published in journals, such as African American Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Columbia, Feminist Studies, Obsidian, and The Southern Review.