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

Sep 25 2015 to Sep 26 2015
Autumn Movement

Join the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry and special guest Chicago drummer River Roberts for a celebration of the movement of autumn into the world. This event is inspired by Carl Sandburg’s poem “Autumn Movement,” which describes the change of seasons and “the beautiful things” that come and go in our lives. River Roberts, a rhythm and drum specialist, will facilitate two audience-participation performances, one on Sept. 25 at Pipe Springs Park, Locust Grove, and one on Sept. 26 at the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry. On Sept. 25, Friday afternoon, bring your drum, homemade or not, or any musical instrument and celebrate autumn with poetry from ROMP director Shaun Perkins and a drumming jam session led by River at Locust Grove’s Pipe Springs Park. On Sept. 26, Saturday night, come out to ROMP and enjoy museum activities, a drum workshop from River, and a drumming circle around an autumn bonfire with anyone joining in. Another special guest, Arden Goewert, will be teaching folk dances that anyone can join in. Museum director Shaun Perkins will do some impromptu group poetry. And winners of the tin can drum competition will be announced. For more information, visit ROMPoetry.com. All events are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. ROMP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and all donations fund the museum’s continuing work.

3:00pm to 5:00pm
6619 S 4382
74352 Locust Grove, Oklahoma

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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
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
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,