Missouri's state poet laureate serves a two-year term and is currently held by William Trowbridge, who was appointed in 2012. Trowbridge has published eight poetry collections, including Ship of Fool (Red Hen Press, 2011). He was coeditor of The Laurel Review from 1986 to 2000, and his poetry has earned numerous honors and awards. He lives in Lee's Summit.

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The quake last night was nothing personal, 
you told me this morning. I think one always wonders, 
unless, of course, something is visible: tremors 
that take us, private and willy-nilly, are usual.

But the earth said last night that what I feel, 
you feel; what secretly moves you, moves me. 
One small,

The moon in time lapse sliding over skyline
the way a remote frisbee might wheel through air
as slowly as a banjo once floated across the wide
Missouri River in my