Siwashing It Out Once in Suislaw Forest I slept under rhododendron All night blossoms fell Shivering on a sheet of cardboard Feet stuck in my pack Hands deep in my pockets Barely able to sleep. I remembered when we were in school Sleeping together in a big warm bed We were the
The current state poet laureate of Oregon is Kim Stafford, who was appointed in 2018. The director of Lewis and Clark College's Northwest Writing Institute, Stafford is the author of several collections of poetry, including A Thousand Friends of Rain: New and Selected Poems 1976-1998 (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1999).
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The more I go, the harder it becomes to return. To anywhere. There is no one at the ocean this morning. I walked by the campsites and smelled eggs and pancakes. And there were sweet Oregon cherries and watermelon. I wonder if I can go back—what purpose there would be in it—or in any other thing?