In 2015 Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin appointed Benjamin Myers to the position of state poet laureate for 2015-2016. Myers is the author of two books of poetry, Lapse Americana (NYQ Books, 2013) and Elegy for Trains (Village Books Press, 2010), and is the Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

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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

for Danny Fletcher

          I.  Call and Response
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
A youngest brother turns seventeen with a click as good as a roar,
finds the door and is gone.
You listen for that small sound, hear a memory.
The air-raid sirens howled of summer tornadoes, the sound

thrown back against the scattered thumbs
of grain silos and the open Oklahoma plains
like the warning wail of