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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Entries in Nocturne (12)

Process Journal 9-21

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Understandings

Spent some time with Shane McCrae's Mule this morning, and it broke my heart. I'll be writing a review/endorsement of it at greater length, for The Lit Pub later this month. I'll say a few things about it--syntactically, it requires some close listening, but shouldn't all conversations that are worthwhile?

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Concerning my own work, I spent all morning watching Sportscenter and thinking about my "Nocturne" manuscript. I've come to a certain limit of understanding about the project. I've come to the realization that the "Camera" prose poems that I had written are not a part of the labyrinth sequence at all. Nor are they a part of the "Dear Empire" series. Rather, they are collaborations with the "Nocturne" series. I've realized this as I've continued to work on more ekphrastic poems dealing with the grotesque and the monstrous.

Pouring over photography books like The Body, A Morning's Work, The Bone House, and a lot of Rosamund Purcell's pieces, I've pieced together some correlation between the earlier war "Nocturnes" and what's taking place in the newer work. And somehow, the "Camera" poems seem to be the transitional scaffolding necessary to make this manuscript "go."


Now, I have to contemplate just how they'll coincide in sequence, which is a whole other narrative. In many ways these poems have been a meditation on control. And what I mean by that is that the ekphrastic writing process can be dominated by the image and so the writer must exert their own control on the work. What captivates me about writing in this mode is my struggle to reiterate the image's action without duplicating the image too faithfully.

My understanding of the ekphrastic is that the written work should never be an imitation of the influence. An attempt at imitation will always result in the written work's failure.

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Speaking of homage . . .

Process Journal 9-20

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Process Journal 9-14

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Process Journal 9-13

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I'll Take that Break After All and Other Goals

I had every intention of writing a poem today, but my son's day care is having its "In-Service" which means I've been expending energy on the daddy front. That's left me little patience for poems this evening. And anyway, I found myself getting a little short with my work the past few days of the writing marathon. So it probably would behoove me to take a short break. I'll try to reconvene with the weekday writing habit starting back on the 6th.

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Goals for September:

Manuscript Project 1:

Re-type the "Dear Empire" manuscript poem by poem. Reason: Shore up anachronisms, tonal shifts, and style-changes. Reconcile reoccuring characters and determine if there is an arc.

Manuscript Project 2:

Generate more "Nocturne" poems and "Scene" poems for balance. Attempt an organization and determine whether the "Nocturne" and "Scene" poems are sufficient to balance each other out or if something further needs to occur.

Manuscript Project 3:

Generate more "Labyrinth" poems? Decide the relationship between those poems and the "Camera" poems. Is this a full-length manuscript, or is this a chapbook.

Miscellany:

Send work out! I've never submitted to Poetry Magazine or APR, so I think I'm going to break the ice this year and send some work that way. What the heck, right? I'm not sure the prose poems are right for them, but I'll find something.

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Hi January.

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Finishing up the surfacing of our garden beds. We just ordered two square yards of "Hogfuel." We'll probably need five more square yards to fill our entire garden plot. It's starting to look great!

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I'm working on a Guggenheim Fellowship application. Last Fall was the first time I was eligible, but I didn't know it until the moment had passed. I know it's a crap shoot, but this is the artist's life, no? So, if you're eligible for a Guggenheim, the application is due September 15th. It's all online and fairly straightforward. You need to apply.

I'll be happy if you win. Really. I will be.

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Current Spin:

 

Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear opens and then Boom. . .

 

Process Journal 8-23

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Process Journal 8-22

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