Tuesday, May 16, 2017

“Solve for X" by Oliver de la Paz

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May 16, 2017

Solve for X

Oliver de la Paz

About This Poem


"'Solve for X' is part of a sequence of poems about my son who's on the autistic spectrum. I've been attempting to understand the way he perceives the world and I've been using cause and effect models as poetic templates. Word problems requiring the mathematician to solve for an unknown, thus, have become a metaphor for how we negotiate our relationship as father and son."
—Oliver de la Paz


Oliver de la Paz is the author of Post Subject: A Fable (University of Akron Press, 2014). He teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and lives in Holden, Massachusetts.



Poetry by de la Paz


Post Subject: A Fable

(University of Akron Press, 2014)

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