Today's poem is "Dear Empire,"

from The Asian American Literary Review

Oliver de la Paz is the author of three books of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, and most recently Requiem for the Orchard, which won the 2009 Akron Poetry Prize. A recipient of grants from the Artists' Trust of Washington and the New York Foundation for the Arts, he has contributed work to journals and anthologies such as The Southern Review, Chattahoochee Review, Tin House, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, and elsewhere. He is the co-chair of the Kundiman advisory board, and he teaches creative writing and literature at Western Washington University.

Other poems by Oliver de la Paz in Verse Daily:
June 24, 2010:   "How I Learned Quiet" "Begin with slowness—the drag of a candle's flame..."
February 24, 2009:   "Self-Portrait with Taxidermy" "In my anatomy studies, I expected..."
December 24, 2007:   "Prayer Essay" "I was unusually ahead of my time with my own..."

Books by Oliver de la Paz:

Other poems on the web by Oliver de la Paz:
"Dear Empire"
Seven poems
Four poems
"Requiem for the Orchard"
"Camera 4"
"Last Days"
"Nocturne with a Dictator"
"My Dearest Regret,"
"Aubade with a Thistle Bush Holding Six Songs"
"Dear Empire,"
"Hour of Dawn"

Oliver de la Paz's Website.

Oliver de la Paz's Blog.

Oliver de la Paz According to Wikipedia.

Oliver de la Paz According to Wikipedia.

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