Oklahoma

The current state poet laureate of Oklahoma is Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, appointed in 2017. Mish is the author of three poetry collections, most recently What I Learned at the War (West End Press, 2016). She is the recipient of several awards, including the Oklahoma Book Award and the WILLA from Women Writing the West. Mish is currently the editor of Mongrel Empire Press and serves as program director and professor of English at Oklahoma City University.

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poems

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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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
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