Arkansas

Appointed Poet Laureate of the State of Arkansas in 2003, Peggy Vining has long been an active in literary organizations, including Ozark Creative Writers, the Poets Roundtable, Arkansas Pen Women, and the Arkansas Songwriters Association.

recent & featured listings

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Literary Magazine Slant Arkansas
Literary Organization Will Hall Books Arkansas
Writing Program Arkansas Tech University Arkansas
Literary Organization Arkansas Writers in the Schools Arkansas
Writing Program University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Arkansas
Colony The Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow Arkansas
Literary Magazine The Oxford American Arkansas
Conference Arkansas Literary Festival Arkansas
Literary Magazine Nebo: A Literary Journal Arkansas
Literary Magazine Exquisite Corpse Arkansas

poems

poem

after Robert Francis’s “Silent Poem”

 

rain storm   rock pore   flow path   earth crust
thrust fault   drip slope   trough dam   blue ooze

tile floor   stained glass   sitz bath   rust stain
sun porch   deck chair   sky light   gas lamp

foot bridge   leaf twitch   dirt

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poem
Some nights I sleep with my dress on. My teeth
are small and even. I don't get headaches.
Since 1971 or before, I have hunted a bench
where I could eat my pimento cheese in peace.
If this were Tennessee and across that river, Arkansas,
I'd meet you in West Memphis tonight. We could
have a big time. Danger,