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?
The current state poet laureate of Oregon is Elizabeth Woody, who was appointed in 2016 and is serving a two-year term. Woody's poetry centers around her background as a member of the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs. She is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Seven Hands, Seven Hearts: Prose and Poetry (The Eighth Mountain Press, 1994). She currently works as director of the Indigenous Leadership Program at the nonprofit Ecotrust.
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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