Oklahoma City, OK -- The Oklahoma Poems and Their Poets anthology presents nearly 50 poems "about" Oklahoma by natives, ex-pats, and visitors alike. Pulitzer Prize winners N. Scott Momaday and Stephen Dunn are represented along with poets such as Naomi Shihab Nye, Joy Harjo, James McMurtry, Lauren Zuniga, and Ben Myers.
Edited by 2013-14 Oklahoma Poet Laureate Nathan Brown, the collection is a fun, honest, sometimes raw look at the state, with chapters on "People," "Places," and "Odds & Ends." Reviewer Valerie Lawson says the anthology "remind(ed) me of things I'd forgotten through its portrayals of rural life, the deep connection to the land and weather, the sense of community when tragedy strikes, and even the naked bigotry and oppression portrayed in some poems. If you want to get a real sense of Oklahoma, look to our poets; look to this book."
"This book is full of Pulitzer winners, state laureates, you name it," says reviewer Caroline Shay, "but it is unpretentious and fun to read."
"I didn't put one of my own poems in the book," says editor Nathan Brown, "so I could honestly say this is a truly great collection of poems. The quality of the work stands up to almost any anthology." Brown is available to host or sponsor events, readings, and book discussions of Oklahoma Poems and Their Poets, and he can even bring along some of the great poets featured in the book to read and discuss their work. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oklahoma Poems and Their Poets is an excellent resource for secondary and college-level poetry classes, poetry workshops, reading groups, and Oklahoma libraries. It is also a fantastic read for anyone interested in new perspectives on the Sooner State. Copies are available through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and Mezcalita Press. A portion of the proceeds go to the Oklahoma Humanities Council.
Posted on August 3, 2015
by Chris Carroll