Kansas

Established in 2004 by the Kansas Arts Commission, the two-year position of state poet laureate in Kansas is currently held by Topeka native Eric McHenry, the author of two books of poetry. McHenry’s third book is forthcoming by Waywiser Press in 2016. His first book of poems, Potscrubber Lullabies, earned him the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2007.

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The coven of bison
          brought here as wishes
                    bore 80 million calves
                              in a year

                              This was the epicenter of the nursery
                              of the palace of the monument

poem
the full rage of kansas
turns loose upon us.

On the mexican radio station
they are singing Espiritu de mis sueños
and that is
exactly it tonight.

The spirit of my dreams
rises in the storm like vapor.

Deep clouds bulge together
and below them
we are a tiny constellation of lights
the car
laid under
poem
John Brown of Ossawatomie spake on his dying day:
'I will not have to shrive my soul a priest in Slavery's pay;
But let some poor slave-mother whom I have striven to free,
With her children, from the gallows-stair put up a prayer for me!'

John Brown of Ossawatomie, they led him out to die;
And lo! a poor slave-