The first place I looked was where the spring rounded the grove of oaks and began to widen into a creek shadowed by sycamores. The moss grew thick on the bare spots of earth where the sun only reached in winter speckles between branches. It spread across the rocks—outcropped on the edges of the creek and sunk into the bank sloping up to a path the deer and raccoon spent their lives making. Continue reading
You lie on the naked bed, the sheets
Finishing the spin cycle, the trailer walls
Shuddering slightly with the motion.
One cat is at your feet, the others
Line the rooms like Egyptian statues
On guard for a dropped piece of cheese. Continue reading
On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the museum will host a poetry workshop taught by Oklahoma Book Award winner and professor Jeanetta Calhoun Mish.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a tour of the museum, followed by a workshop at 7:00 p.m. Participants of all ages and experience levels are welcome to attend the tour and the poetry workshop. No previous creative writing experience or training is necessary. Continue reading
Molly tells me you can read
Your fortune in the bathtub:
Run out, count the stars, then
Lock yourself in the bathroom, turn
Off the lights, and you’ll see
Your grave in the bathtub—I did.
But she must be lying.
Oh what I wouldn’t give
For a nickel and a dime
And a cherry with a seed
Inside to crack my teeth upon.
I’m going home, home,
On my way home. Continue reading
And what I remember
is the traffic of trucks,
the smell of chlorine sharp
as overripe melons
busted open in dead grass
the heat of the west-facing metal door
in the afternoon Continue reading
Enjoy a creative morning at the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry and design a poetry-art chair. ROMP has several on display featuring the works of Whitman, Dickinson, Sexton, Yeats, Bukowski and more. Join ROMP director Shaun Perkins, who will facilitate a museum tour, give instructions and provide all materials, for this fun and inspiring workshop. Continue reading