Consider the Rooster

Consider the Rooster serves as an ode to a rooster’s crow, a catalyst for awakening, both literally and figuratively.



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Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic, the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder by police, and the resulting upsurge in reactionary right-wing militia violence, a neighbor in Kalamazoo, Michigan threatens to call the police after discovering the author’s pet rooster. The rooster sounds the alarm and our author wakes to revolutionary transformation. An ecological consciousness embedded in these verses invites readers to acknowledge their place in a web of relations. Oliver Baez Bendorf’s voice resounds through liminal spaces, at dusk and dawn, across personal meditations and wider cultural awakenings to form a collection overflowing with freedom, rebellion, mischief, and song.


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
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ISBN: 9781643622385
Paperback, 124 pages
Publication Date: September 10, 2024

Consider the Rooster is a brilliant poetry collection that doubles as a (necessarily fragmentary) philosophical essay on, among other things, nature and the unnatural as they relate to the body-mind; referentiality and naming; the coloniality of gender; animality and the question of rights; communities of care in the context of medicalization; and queer trans diasporican life in the Midwest.

Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of Consider the Rooster, forthcoming from Nightboat Books in September 2024, and two previous collections of poems: Advantages of Being Evergreen (Cleveland State University …

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