Tag: family

Laying in the Parking Lot at the Low Water Dam Store

The cops were called in because of the report Of a woman “laying in the parking lot At the dam store.” It’s not spoonbill season So the store was not busy, Just one woman supine on the concrete And then one young man trying…

Brother

He had meningitis as a baby And almost died. It came With horrible headaches That he relieved by lying In bed and rolling his head Back and forth and repeating Uh uh uh uh uh uh uh uh Until he fell asleep. As children,…

Forget Me Not: Autograph Book Exhibit

  This summer I will be replacing the Marginalia exhibit in the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry with one on Poetry in Autograph Books. I think finding poetry-worthy marginalia in old books was kind of a singular phenomenon, meaning, I am crazier about such…

6 Quatrains for My Sister

for Roxann 1 She puts the French fries up her nose, then returns them to their package. Her hungry students take them and eat them, even though they’ve seen what she did.

Where I Come From

for Mom Stories are a part of my life because of her. They are a part of everyone’s life but not so vividly, Nor so intimately, as they are in my life Because she valued story and books and poems.  We took the station…

When We Were Young

for Roxann on her birthday “Open you mouth,” She said to sister Kelly, Sitting in the high chair, Smelling those mashed turnips, Knowing none of that Was getting in.