Kentucky

Established in 1926, the poet laureate position in Kentucky is held by George Ella Lyon, who was inducted on April 24, 2015. She is the author of four books of poetry, a novel, a memoir, a short story collection, and thirty-seven books for young readers. She works as a freelance writer and teacher in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

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poems

poem

to Ken Kesey & Ken Babbs

Clumsy at first, fitting together
the years we have been apart,
and the ways.

But as the night
passed and the day came, the first
fine morning of April,

it came clear:
the world that has tried us
and showed us its joy

was our bond
when we said nothing
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One woman drives across five states just to see her. The woman being driven to has no idea anyone's headed her way. The driving woman crosses three bridges & seven lakes just to get to her door. She stops along the highway, wades into the soggy ground, cuts down coral-eyed cattails, carries them to her car as

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—For Mammoth Cave National Park

Humongous cavern, tell me, wet limestone, sandstone caprock,
      bat-wing, sightless translucent cave shrimp,

this endless plummet into more of the unknown,
                            how one keeps secrets for so long.

All my life, I’ve lived

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