Oklahoma

In 2013 the state of Oklahoma appointed Nathan Brown as poet laureate. He will serve a two-year term. Brown is the author of eight books, and his book, Two Tables Over (Village Books Press, 2013), won the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry given by Oklahoma Center for the Book.

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poems

poem
A youngest brother turns seventeen with a click as good as a roar,
finds the door and is gone.
You listen for that small sound, hear a memory.
The air-raid sirens howled of summer tornadoes, the sound

thrown back against the scattered thumbs
of grain silos and the open Oklahoma plains
like the warning wail of
poem

for Danny Fletcher

          I.  Call and Response
		
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Plumbline of disaster, shadow storage
    of the way thought travels, the opinion,
the sentiment, only assertion following silence,
    only a way of everlasting breathing,
a verb searching for grammar too devoted
poem
A man staring at a small lake sees
His father cast light line out over
The willows.  He's forgotten his 
Father has been dead for two years
And the lake is where a blue fog
Rolls, and the sky could be, if it
Were black or blue or white,
The backdrop of all attention.

He wades out to join the father,
Following