Books
  • Furious Lullaby (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
    Furious Lullaby (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
  • Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
    Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
  • A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry
    A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry

  • Requiem for the Orchard (Akron Series in Poetry)
    Requiem for the Orchard (Akron Series in Poetry)

Anthologies

Oliver's work can also be found in the following anthologies.

  • Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing
    Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing
  • Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation
    Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation
  • Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
    Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
  • From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great
    From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great
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When Home Repair Gets Nasty

Sorry I've been away for awhile. I've been in the crawlspace under the house. I've discovered a few things about this house we've purchased . . . we had a rodent problem. That rodent problem is now gone. How do I know this? Because there's an empty tray of rodent bait in the crawlspace and . . . let's call it evidence . . . that the rodent population is in decline.

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Also in the crawlspace, I've been trying to place some 2x4's adjacent to the toilet flange (the drain thingy where all the yuckies go) so that I can bolt in the toilet. This job would've been much more miserable if I didn't have a nail gun and a miter saw. Yay power tools. The house is clearly thirty years old. Again, I'll try not to gross you out with the details, but there's evidence of a leaky toilet around the plywood and the floor joists.

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It's the end of the quarter. Thank goodness. I want to buy some CD's to celebrate.

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I've been thinking about poems and poetry again. Now that Spring Break's here, I think I'm going to dive back into the stuff I started working on in the summer. Jumping back's always the hard part. Once I get going, though, I'm hoping I'll be able to sustain the pace through the spring quarter.

Which is another thing. The quarter system sucks. Just when you think you're done, after a long winter quarter, up jumps another academic quarter. Holy crap.

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Anyone writing an epic?

Reader Comments (5)

Yes. :-(

March 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterIvy

Yes with a frowny? Why so down on the epic?

March 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterOliver de la Paz

Oliver, just wanted to say thanks for your comment about Check Your Head---a masterpiece. I'm taking an indefinite blog break, but I hope we'll stay in touch and you'll give me a ring if you're in the Fresno area. You and Meredith are welcome at our place any time.

March 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLee Herrick

Hey Lee, thanks for the invite. I know it's still pretty far from Fresno, but I'll be headed down to San Francisco for a reading in April. I'll post some info on the blog. Until then, happy hiatus!

March 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterOliver de la Paz

Well, I'm not sure if it's an epic but it seems pretty huge to me. It's a lot to grapple with. I'm just used to shorter forms. :-) I guess I wonder if I can handle it.

March 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterIvy

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