Dear Oklahomans, 

I have written two commemorative poems  while serving as your State Poet Laureate. 

The first, “Directive,” was written in September 2017 

and published in Oklahoma Today.

The second, “We are Thankful for This Land, for These People,” was written, 

with contributions from 128 Oklahomans, on November 22, 2020. 

These poems are my gifts to you. Click on the links below for printable pdfs.

Thank you for your faith in me and in my poetry 

and for allowing me to serve my beloved Oklahomans.

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish


We are Thankful for This Land, for These People

The short version of We are Thankful in the New York Times

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