Benjamin Myers

Benjamin Myers is the 2015-2016 Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma and the author of two books of poetry: Lapse Americana (New York Quarterly Books, 2013) and Elegy for Trains (Village Books Press, 2010). His poems may be read in The Yale Review, The New York Quarterly, 32 Poems, Nimrod, Redivider and other journals. He has been honored with an Oklahoma Book Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book and with a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Myers teaches poetry writing and literature at Oklahoma Baptist University, where he is the Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature.

The Orphans by Benjamin Myers

  My children are pretending that I’m dead. The spider leaves of the mimosa tree for shade, they play a game they call “the orphans,” stretched out in grass bald dirt beside the roots and moaning as they wake from some imagined airplane crash that has left them all alone […]