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Rives is an American poet, storyteller, and author. He appeared on Seasons 3-6 of HBO's Def Poetry Jam,and has been a member of Team Hollywood, which won the 2004 National Poetry Slam. His best-known poems include "Kite," about waking up alone in a new lover's apartment, and "Mockingbird," which he performs differently every time, incorporating the words of other poets and speakers in the program.