The first of a five-part series featuring poetry by Washington State writers, with each poem influenced by our state’s people, places, and culture. The poems are excerpted from a new anthology, WA129.
“Sometimes, we can pick our routes / We can choose to say connect and mean closer together.”
“What will you learn or do or make today and know: now I too am an American?” Washington Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen’s poem for Seattle’s Flag Day Naturalization Ceremony.
I am faithful, I do not give out/The fractur’d thigh, the knee, the wound in the abdomen/These and more I dress with impassive hand, (yet deep in my breast a fire, a burning flame.)