Oklahoma

In 2013 the state of Oklahoma appointed Nathan Brown as poet laureate. He will serve a two-year term. Brown is the author of eight books, and his book, Two Tables Over (Village Books Press, 2013), won the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry given by Oklahoma Center for the Book.

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Literary Magazine Cimarron Review Oklahoma
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poems

poem
A man staring at a small lake sees
His father cast light line out over
The willows.  He's forgotten his 
Father has been dead for two years
And the lake is where a blue fog
Rolls, and the sky could be, if it
Were black or blue or white,
The backdrop of all attention.

He wades out to join the father,
Following
poem

for Danny Fletcher

          I.  Call and Response
		
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Plumbline of disaster, shadow storage
    of the way thought travels, the opinion,
the sentiment, only assertion following silence,
    only a way of everlasting breathing,
a verb searching for grammar too devoted
poem
Sometimes I'm so lachrymose I forget I was there
with my darling—I call her my darling to make her
more anonymous, so she can't take up all the space
in my brain. But please, can I continue, or must I

look away from such openness, those spools of light
bringing red and fine threads of silver to her
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