Oklahoma

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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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 Chief Black Kettle & the Cheyenne People
I. 2016            
   that journey
 
i was tired
not ready for
a long drive
i live
poem
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