NewsOK just this last Sunday did an excellent article on one of our Oklahoma poets, Jim Chastain. He is a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Awards for his book of poetry, Antidotes & Home Remedies, Village Books Press. Jim is an inspiration to all of us in how to live a fulfilled life while struggling with adversity. He expresses his journey through his prose and poetry, and invites us along for the rough ride. He is currently writing a blog for NewsOK. Visit there for samples of his poetry.
Nathan Brown and Jim Chastain are friends and colleagues, both on the finalist list for the Oklahoma Book Awards. Way to go you two!
Oklahoma in July
is a marshmallow
in a bonfire;
a branding iron
on the face;
a toad in the slow-
ly heated pot;
screams until its eyes
until the blood
rises in its mercurial veins.
…from the book Ashes Over the Southwest
BAM’s blog highlights Dorothy Alexander reading her poetry and her book is also an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, Lessons From An Oklahoma Girlhood, Village Books Press.
Village Books Press is a small Oklahoma press dedicated to providing a voice and venue for Oklahoma poets, artist and writers. My understanding is Dorothy Alexander runs this publishing house in Cheyenne, Oklahoma.
So if you don’t think Poetry when you think Oklahoma you better start…..