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Today's poem is "Prayer Essay"
from Furious Lullaby

Southern Illinois University Press

Oliver de la Paz, an assistant professor of English at Western Washington University, is the author of Names above Houses, published by Southern Illinois University Press, and is a recipient of a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His poems have appeared in the Literary Review, Quarterly West, Third Coast, and Asian Pacific American Review, and in the anthology Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Literature. He received his M.F.A. in creative writing at Arizona State University.

Books by Oliver de la Paz: Furious Lullaby, Names Above Houses

Other poems on the web by Oliver de la Paz:
"My Dearest Regret,"
"Aubade with a Thistle Bush Holding Six Songs"
"Dear Empire,"
"Hour of Dawn"
"Messengers"

Oliver de la Paz's Home Page.

Oliver de la Paz's Blog.

About Furious Lullaby:

"The poems in Furious Lullaby contain as much mischief as they do music, surprising the reader with a chorus of unexpected voices—a scapula, the dead, the Devil—and weaving those moments into a series of heartbreaking aubades that sing to the gorgeous melancholy of memory and loss."
—Rigoberto Gonzalez

"These poems have a quiet eroticism, a voice that makes you want to lean in closer. Oliver de la Pazís seductive lyricism draws us in; we find the beauty of the body, and its desires mark us as creatures of loneliness and mystery. The poems are meant not merely to explore this paradox, but to comfort, to sing in the dark, to do what poems do—find sublimity and timelessness. This is fierce and memorable work."
—Beckian Fritz Goldberg



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