In 2015 Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin appointed Benjamin Myers to the position of state poet laureate for 2015-2016. Myers is the author of two books of poetry, Lapse Americana (NYQ Books, 2013) and Elegy for Trains (Village Books Press, 2010), and is the Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

upcoming events

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Jul 22 2015
Nimrod Poetry Reading: Circulatory Systems: Current and Connection

Join Nimrod Journal for a reading from its spring issue, Circulatory Systems: Current and Connection. The staged reading will feature poetry inspired by circulatory systems all around us: connections to each other, to the external world, and to our internal worlds. We also invite members of the public to join us in reading their favorite poems related to the theme.

The event, which will take place in TU's Tyrrell Hall Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

Each person will have two minutes to read their favorite poem whose theme involves current or connection in any form. To sign up to read, please call or send an email with your name, contact info, and the title and author of the poem you will be reading.

For more information, contact Nimrod at 918-631-3080 or nimrod@utulsa.edu.

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A youngest brother turns seventeen with a click as good as a roar,
finds the door and is gone.
You listen for that small sound, hear a memory.
The air-raid sirens howled of summer tornadoes, the sound

thrown back against the scattered thumbs
of grain silos and the open Oklahoma plains
like the warning wail of
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

for Danny Fletcher

          I.  Call and Response
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