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