Aeons by Max Ritvo

Winner of the 2014 PSA Chapbook Fellowship

Aeons by Max Ritvo, selected and introduced by Jean Valentine.

Edition: 500 Copies of the winning books were printed by the Prolific Group and designed by Gabriele Wilson.


Some poets have wisdom without writing work that is interesting. Max Ritvo’s intuitive poetry is not only wise, it has a fascinating playfulness. And when I find examples of this for readers, the examples are often also filled with sorrow.

—Jean Valentine


I am brought to life surrounded by faces.

They grow stronger; the faces bear down upon me,
hardened with something,
something they expect in me too.

Soon it is me and three weeping women, all with green eyes.
The women's faces smile and then they disappear.

One tall woman is left.

I give her my milk.

There is a deeper wholeness than life
and its white tunnel of projects:

It is being forgiven
when you have done nothing.

All rights reserved. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

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