Friday, November 21, 2014 at 1:01PM
I was issued forth with
the sincerest apology. Blood
spilled on the floor
from where I was wrest.
I was flung into
the wild echo of slickened tile.
The grooves salty
and full of the metallic
leaf-smell of decay.
Mother, now our history
has rained through us.
I can only know my way
through touch. The straight
and gilded hallways
of father's kingdom,
an animal place where
tendrils of light cinched
around my ruddy body.
I was convinced I could
quiet the animal. Stuff it
into a sack and pull the string
tight against the eyelets.
I wanted to be blinder
than stalactites. Blinder
than the sulfur rimed crevasses
sunk deep in a continent's memory.
I tasted a country
that was taken away.
I wore my musk and sank
my teeth into hearts
led blindly into my domain.
I bled out all the young
who passed through the entry's mouth
shamed into the earth's wet kiss.
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 9:05AM
The book will be out August 1st!
Here's the trailer by Caleb Young and the good folks at Handcrank Films:
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 8:37AM
I'll be reading with Neil de la Flor and Jaswinder Bolina as part of the University of Miami's Ibis Reading Series.
The details are here:
The IBIS Literary Reading Series presents readings by new creative writing faculty member Jaswinder Bolina, UM MFA alum Neil de la Flor, and poet Oliver de la Paz will be 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, at the College of Arts and Sciences Gallery and Conference Center at the Wesley Foundation. The CAS Gallery is located at 1210 Stanford Drive on the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami.
Poet, essayist, and newest full-time member of the UM creative writing faculty Jaswinder Bolina is the author of Phantom Camera, winner the 2012 Green Rose Prize; and Carrier Wave, winner of the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry. His work has appeared in numerous U.S. and international literary journals and in The Best American Poetry series. Miami MFA alum Neil de la Flor’s publications include An Elephant's Memory of Blizzards (Marsh Hawk Press, 2013); Sinead O'Connor and her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds (Firewheel Editions, 2011), co-authored with Maureen Seaton and winner of the Sentence Book Award; and Almost Dorothy (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010), winner of the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. Oliver de la Paz is the author of Names Above Houses (SIU Press 2001); Furious Lullaby (SIU 2007); and Requiem for the Orchard (U. of Akron Press 2010), winner of the Akron Prize for poetry. He co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman and serves on the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Board. His work has appeared in journals like Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Tin House, and Chattahoochee Review.
Before their reading that night, Oliver de la Paz and Neil de la Flor will be teaching a master class in poetry at 12:30 p.m. in room 427 of the Ashe Administration Building, located at 1252 Memorial Drive on the Coral Gables campus.
The IBIS Literary Reading Series is free and open to the public, and is sponsored in part by the University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences and by UM’s Creative Writing Program.
For more information, please contact:
University of Miami Creative Writing Director at M. Evelina Galang at email@example.com, or Creative Writing Events and Community Outreach Coordinator Joshua Schriftman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 8:34AM
I'll be reading tonight at FAU.
Details linked here: