Appointed by Governor Matthew Mead in July 2013, Echo Klaproth, a fourth generation Wyoming rancher, is the state’s sixth poet laureate. She has published two chapbooks, Echoes in the Wind and Echoes of Days Gone By.

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Dear train wreck, dear terrible engines, dear spilled freight,
          dear unbelievable mess, all these years later I think
          to write back. I was not who I am now. A sail is a boat,
          a bark is a boat, a mast is a boat and the train was you and me.
          Dear dark, dear

I saw the hawk ride updraft in the sunset over Wyoming.
It rose from coniferous darkness, past gray jags
Of mercilessness, past whiteness, into the gloaming
Of dream-spectral light above the lazy purity of snow-snags.

There--west--were the Tetons.  Snow-peaks would soon be
In dark profile to break