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
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
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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
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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