Oklahoma

In 1923, Oklahoma established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, who was appointed in 2018. Mish is the author of three poetry collections, most recently What I Learned at the War (West End Press, 2016).

upcoming events

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Apr 27 2019
Wonder City Wordfest

Wonder City Wordfest is an annual celebration of poetry and community that began in 2014 as the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry’s ROMPfest. In 2017, the festival moved to Wonder City Coffee and changed its name. The day includes a variety of ways for people of all ages to stretch their creativity and be inspired by the beauty, joy and value of poetry within community. The museum will be open all day for tours and special writing activities. For more information, contact Shaun Perkins, 918-864-9152, [email protected].

10:00am
118 E. Main
74352 Locust Grove, Oklahoma

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poems

poem
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,
Following
poem

for Danny Fletcher

          I.  Call and Response
		
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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
poem
Sometimes I'm so lachrymose I forget I was there
with my darling—I call her my darling to make her
more anonymous, so she can't take up all the space
in my brain. But please, can I continue, or must I

look away from such openness, those spools of light
bringing red and fine threads of silver to her
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