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 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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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?