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
In 2013 the governor of South Carolina appointed Marjory Wentworth the state's poet laureate. Marjory Wentworth’s poems have appeared in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies. She is the author of three books of poetry (Noticing Eden, Despite Gravity, The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle) as well as Shackles, a children's book. She has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize five times. Educated at Mt. Holyoke College, Wentworth received her M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from New York University. She teaches Creative Writing and English at The Art Institute of Charleston.
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,