Denise Low


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Denise Low (born 1949) is an American poet, honored as the second Kansas Poet Laureate (2007–2009). A professor at Haskell Indian Nations University, Low teaches literature, creative writing and American Indian Studies courses at the university. She was succeeded by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on July 1, 2009.
Low is the daughter of Francis Dotson and Dorothy (Bruner) Dotson. A 5th generation ... more »

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Reproductive Invariance

By the river years ago, recursive in memory, a
finite moment, the past ended. Future began.

The river flowed south. You were a man's face
floating among stones.

By a river in autumn, willow leaves were yellow
whisks in updrafts. We were not alone.

Cottonwood boles twisted against banks, turtles
dozed in the roots, bark slivered into water.

The river sounded the swish of its name. You
waded the Neosho as it meandered east.

Two sandhill cranes fly overhead. Their legs
stretch straight behind as they swim through air.
Their grace is the ...

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