Montana

Established in 2005, Montana's state poet laureate position is currently held by Tami Haaland, who is the author of two books of poetry: When We Wake in the Night (WordTech Communications, 2012), a finalist for the May Swenson Award, and Breath in Every Room (Story Line Press, 2001), winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize. She is a professor of English at Montana State University Billings.

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The dirt road is frozen. I hear the geese first in my lungs.
	Faint hieroglyphic against the gray sky.

Then, the brutal intervention of sound.
	All that we experience is a message, he wrote.

I would like to know what it means
	if first one bird swims the channel

across the classic V, the line flutters, and
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And to think I had just paid a cousin twenty dollars to shovel the walk.
He and two of his buddies, still smelling of an all-nighter,
arrived at 7 am to begin their work.
When I left them a while later I noticed their ungloved hands
and winter made me feel selfish and unsure.
This ground seems unsure of itself