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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Oh so tired . . . still plugging away.

The 3-yr-old had trouble sleeping, which means daddy had trouble sleeping. From 12:30AM to 4:00AM, he'd get up in 30 minute intervals wanting a drink, to pee, to get rid of a month in his room, to check for monsters. You name it, he came up with a reason for me to pick him up, check his room, and put him back down in the bed.

So, I'm pretty beat. I had a decent breakfast and two cups of coffee. That bought me some time to write, but I'm thinking I might be headed back to bed for a spell.

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I'm 56 poems into the "Labyrinth" series and I don't know what the hell I'm doing. I enjoy writing the pieces, but I can't see a shape to the thing, which originally was the whole point, but now I'm looking for corners or edges . . . something to grant me some vision. I need to understand what the whole project seems to wish to become.

Things I know--the boy may or may not be Theseus, the boy may or may not have a confrontation with the minotaur, the boy may or may not escape the maze.

I don't think there's going to be closure to this thing, at least in its current form. I might experiment with the narrative a bit more. . .  we'll see.

For now, I'm just content writing these poems. They're fun for me and it has been a good exercise, though I feel like I'm neglecting some of my other work.

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Which leads me to think about what I've been into in terms of my writing these days--I've been going for allegories a lot lately, and I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about why. Sounds like an essay to me.

An essay . . .  oh lord.

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Yeah, I need a nap.

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Current Spin:

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Happy Birthday, Sylvia Plath