South Carolina

In 1934, South Carolina established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Marjory Heath Wentworth. Wentworth is the author of four books of poetry, including her New and Selected Poems (University of South Carolina Press, 2014).

In 2016, Marcus Amaker was named the first poet laureate of Charleston, South Carolina.

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I’m home. I’m not home. I’m on the road or
Off it, briefly. I’ve been out of place. I’ve been

Taking familiar walks. I like the boardwalk. I like
The swamp. I feel ill at ease. I feel fine.

As August ends, I’m thick and cold. As I circle
Above a tide of cypress knees, of webs,

A volunteer, a Daughter of the Confederacy,
receives my admission and points the way.
Here are gray jackets with holes in them,
red sashes with individual flourishes,
things soft as flesh. Someone sewed
the gold silk cord onto that gray sleeve
as if embellishments
could keep a man alive.

I have been reading