Advantages of Being Evergreen
September 2019 from Cleveland State University Poetry Center, winner of the 2018 Open Poetry Book Prize. To inquire about scheduling an event with Oliver, please go here. For information on ordering, including bulk and textbook, please visit here.
The Spectral Wilderness
Winner of the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Best Poetry Book of 2014 —Entropy. Must-Read Poetry Debut from 2015 —Lithub. Spectacular Book of 2015 —Split This Rock.
Kent State University Press: Wick Poetry Series, January 2015. 88 pages, Paperback, ISBN:978-1-60635-211-3
“Surrealist, plowed in a pastoral landscape.” —Southeast Review
“Astonishing.”—The Literary Review
“At once funny and unbearably sad.”—Blackbird
“What gorgeous and ravenous rackets Oliver Bendorf’s poems are made of; what a yearning and beautiful heart. ‘Lift a geode from the ground and crack me open,’ he writes, which is more or less what these poems do for me: break me open to what might sparkle and blaze, what might glisten and burn inside. The Spectral Wilderness is a wonderful book.” —Ross Gay
“Bendorf’s poems give us all we have ever wanted, to wake up and feel that the body we are in is ours, that the hands on the ends of our wrists―our body’s gates of tenderness―are large enough to hold in them all the things we have desired… In poem after poem he builds and rebuilds a body, a story, a desire that are at once familiar and strange, capable of brightness like any headlight but also capable of losing that light in their brokenness which makes us love them even more.”―Natalie Diaz
“Bendorf’s collection indeed opens the door to a spectral wilderness, an otherworldly pastoral, a queer ecology endlessly transformed by possibility, grief, and the unruly wanting of our names and bodies. Stunningly lyrical and beautifully theoretical, The Spectral Wilderness is an invitation one cannot turn down.” —Stacey Waite