Utah

The current state poet laureate of Utah is Paisley Rekdal, who was appointed in 2017 and is serving a five-year term. Rekdal is the author of five books of poetry, including Imaginary Vessels (Copper Canyon Press, 2016) and Animal Eye (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012), which won the University of North Texas' Rilke Prize for Poetry. She has received several fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Rekdal currently teaches at the University of Utah.

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For she rides updrafts with scalloped hands, interrogating air.
For in the kingdom of lift, she has few peers. 
For she bullies the hawk and drops stones on a snapping fox.
For her trickster ways coalesce into spirals.
For I pine for a Muse so wild with wind.
For she counts murderous drop-

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By dark the world is once again intact,
Or so the mirrors, wiped clean, try to reason. . .
                                       --James Merrill
This dream of water--what does it harbor?
I see Argentina and Paraguay
under a curfew of glass, their colors
breaking, like oil. The
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Maybe it was just for this that God pulled
water from dry land: to rescue hoodoo
after hoodoo. That’s what they’re called—

a bastardization of voodoo—
these unrepeatable needles of rock,
geology’s answer to flakes of snow .

A sound enough hypothesis: dark magic.
But I