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Dear Rane Arroyo



I thought I wanted to be​ ​everything all at once.
Poet that sits on a bucket in the dunes and the bucket
too. Blowjob too. Monster on my knees.

                                                Everything all at once:
        river behind you holy. River behind you comes. I speak
                with your voice now—you tilt open my windpipe.

                Of all the ways to enter. Let it be through the throat.


Born and raised in Iowa, Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Advantages of Being Evergreen (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, September 2019) and The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State U., 2015), which was selected by Mark Doty for the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. His writing has published in or is forthcoming from American Poetry Review, BOMB, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Transgender Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. A CantoMundo fellow, he holds an MFA in Poetry from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and currently teaches as an assistant professor of poetry at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.


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