All I Feel is Rivers is a collection of a new hybrid writing
that, though spiritually akin to prose poems, retains an essayistic
form. After several life-changing trips to Turkey, Robert Vivian
took up a deep study of Rumi, the thirteenth-century Sufi mystic,
poet, and founder of the religious order that performs the
now-famous dervish dance. Vivian's fascination seeped into his
writing, and his newly conceived dervish essays reflect the dynamic
movement and ancient symbolism of the ritual dance with wild
lyricism, sometimes breathless cadences, and mesmerizing
Utterly fearless in their passionate avowals of life's many
manifestations, these essays showcase the surprising connectivity
between the sacred and profane, uncovered by associative drifting.
Vivian's essays take on grief and loss, the natural world and
climate, spirituality and ecstasy, all while pushing the boundaries
of what prose can do.