Ron WallaceSecond Sunday Readings at The Depot, 200 S. Jones, will feature Ron Wallace on May 20, 2018.  Wallace, an Oklahoma native of Scots-Irish, Choctaw, Cherokee and Osage descent, was announced in early April as the 2018 winner of The Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry for his book, Renegade.  The free reading will begin at 2:00 pm. 

Wallace is currently an instructor of English at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and is the author of eight books of poetry; three of which have been finalists in the Oklahoma Book Awards. He has been recently published in “Oklahoma Today”, ”San Pedro River Review”, “Red River Review”, “Oklahoma Poems and their Poets”, “Concho River Review”, “Oklahoma Humanities Magazine”, “Poetry Bay”, and a number of other magazines and journals. Wallace is a 2016 “Pushcart Prize” nominee and the winner of the 2016 Songs of Eretz Poetry Review Prize. 

Second Sunday Readings, a long time program of The Depot, are hosted by former Oklahoma Poet Laureate and Oklahoma Book Award winner Carl Sennhenn.  All programs at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by generous individual donors.

 

Renegade             -               Ron Wallace

November rides in 

from the east

on a blood  bay mare

          iron spur rowels rattling, 

the black brim of his Stetson, 

pulled low

above hard, hazel, autumn eyes.

Behind him,

the sky is wearing bones

          a line of leafless sycamores 

etched against the greying day 

in a time of outlaws.

Well aware

          the cold is on his heels,

he watches as a rising crescent moon 

lifts the black

above not yet winter hills, 

cocks the hammer back

          and buries the world

                    under collapsing stars.