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Max Ritvo

Max Ritvo’s debut collection, Four Reincarnations, was published by Milkweed Editions shortly after his death on August 23, 2016. In 2018, Milkweed will publish Ritvo’s The Final Voicemails, a collection of early and late poems edited by Louise Glück, as well as Letters from Max, co-authored by Sarah Ruhl.

ritvo Poetry

—peach and coconut flashes
behind vegetable prison bars—

that the prison is the mind,
that the pond is what we call thought.

Max Ritvo
Max Ritvo image Poetry

The world wants me to know  
it’s okay to slip into and out  
of her. She likes it.

Max Ritvo

Poet Max Ritvo, who was 25 when he died in August, talks about music and revision in an interview conducted shortly before his death.

Elizabeth Metzger Max Ritvo
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