Terry BrittonTerry Britton will be featured at the December 14 Second Sunday Poetry Reading in The Depot, 200 S. Jones.  The free reading begins at 2:00 pm.

Britton is the former president of Rose State College, retiring in 2013.  He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with master's and doctoral degrees in English Literature.  He has been writing poetry since the 1970's and has published a few poems in various magazines.  In 2009, he published "Along the Washita," a collection of character sketches about Oklahoma rural families in the 1950's and 60's. 

Britton's favorite poetic influences include A. E. Housman, E. A. Robinson, Robert Frost, and Walt Whitman.  He is also a great fan of Carl Sennhenn and the late Jim Spurr of Shawnee. Now that he is retired, he plans a second volume of poetry entitled "A Double Bed: Love Poems, Stories, and Other Matters."  He will read from this planned volume as well as other current poems.

Britton resides in Norman with his wife, Kay. 

Second Sunday Poetry is held in the Depot Gallery where Small Works IV is on exhibit.  Light refreshments are served.  For information about this and other Depot programs, phone 405 307-9320.  Programs are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Winter Wheat

You are to me in my waning years
As wheat to Oklahoma:  When
The sycamores yellow and post oaks brown,
Green shoots spring, a million acres,
Along the highways and vagrant country lanes,

Growing until redbuds return and burst;
Then in the midst of May’s motley
Green extravagance, when I might feel out
Of place, arrive ripples and waves of gold.
You, too. Love, bring to my seasons
Green growing and golden harvest.

Terry Britton