In the background of my years in Houston is this painting. A painting like a soundtrack. A score. Like a song stuck in my head, turning and turning, that passage from white to color, those fragments of words and text, that beautiful room that could, even when I thought I knew what I'd see, surprise me and take my breath away.
Joshua Rivkin's poems and essays have appeared in AGNI Online, Blackbird, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review Online, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Verse Daily and Best New Poets. and elsewhere. He has received fellowships and awards from the Inprint-Brown Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Poetry Society of America, as well as a travel fellowship to the Krakow Writer’s Seminar, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry from Stanford University.