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
Search

2013 Poem-A-Day: Day 4

***ZAP!!!***

2013 Poem-A-Day: Day 3

**ZAP!!!***

I had to drag myself to the desk today. I totally didn't want to write. But there. Now I feel virtuous.

2013 Poem-A-Day: Day 2

***ZAP!!!***

***

Continuing with a sequence I started in 2011. I'm going for #100 and then I'll close it up and switch to something else.

 

2013 Poem-A-Day: Day 1

In keeping with my own tradition, I'll be attempting to write a poem-a-day for the month of August. If there are lapses in procedure it's because fatherhood got in the way.

****

***ZAP!!!!!***

 

***

Working on the finishing touches of this sequence. I'm probably going to strike the numbers from the finished sequence. As of now, the numbers are merely placeholders for individual poem placement in journals.

Two Erasures

Labyrinth 1

 

 

The boy in the labyrinth holds a torch before him. He cannot see his shadow, which, behind him swims in a somnambulant glaze. Winds tighten around the boy's body and his torch so that the universe lowers its eye to this den beneath the earth. Blossoms of fire flit from crevasses. The boy thinks, to be guided through the labyrinth is to be guided by bodies filling with light. The universe thinks, there are the stars. There and there and there. 

Labyrinth 2

 

 

The boy in the labyrinth feels the ball of twine unspool from his hand. The soft speed of its spillage as he walks. He measures it; his intimacy with its heft. The knowledge it erodes as spring water through quartz. Down the passageways, a game of cat's cradle tugs itself into a bright red web. In the darkest dark, the red twine twists about the corridors. It breathes the way a heavy sleeper breathes. Soon the boy in the dark has no string in his hand. To return to his demarcations is to enter a thicket, to bind oneself to the ligatures of one's own making. The darkest dark takes a deep breath as the boy's hand feels for that which sleeps beside.***


***

I'm experimenting with a way to end my "Labyrinth" sequence. I haven't decided whether I want to merely combine all the work into a single poem, or whether to have them sectioned off. They seem to work as single pieces . . .

***

If you highlight these, you'll see the originals, intact.

***

Oh, hi by the way. Sorry It's been a few months. Life got in the way. You know . . .

The Loft Mentor Series

I'll be one of the mentors for The Loft's Mentor Series this week. Details are here:

Click here for info--The Loft Mentor Series.

 

If you're in Minneapolis, do stop by!

New Poems in Passages North

I have three new poems in Passages North. Many thanks to the editors!

You can see two of them online here:  Passages North 34

The Weather in Boston, AWP, and Lunch with Friends

 

Right now, we're looking at partly cloudy, high of 41 degrees. Expect temperatures to cool and wind gusts to increase overnight. Wednesday's looking cool and cloudy with a high in the high 30's. Expect snow on Thursday and Friday with a return to sunny weather on Saturday.

Saturn will be to the south, so if you can make it past the Midwest weather front, you'll be okay!

 

***

Just got back from a splendid lunch and gab fest with Prageeta Sharma. There are a number of fun and cute restaurants near the hotels and conference space!

***

Nothing really to report. I'm here in Boston early because of the travel schedule from the Pacific Northwest. More stuff will happen later!