Oklahoma’s True Poet Laureate: Woody Guthrie

Looking through my archives and found this–written my last year of high school teaching and before the Woody Guthrie Center was open.

Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry

My students have been studying the life and work of Woody Guthrie. It’s his centennial, and good old Oklahoma is finally coming around to see what an important man this guy from Okemah really was. My fellow Okies tend to hold a grudge for way too long, and in this case it was never warranted—to think someone was a communist (which he wasn’t) and a socialist (which he was, though didn’t care for the tag) is not a decent reason to deny his value.

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