Jackson Meazle, Arkansas native and former OA staffer, now lives in San Francisco. He is the author of the chapbooks HH: POEMS OF HEINRICH HEINE, published by Old Gold, and JACK OF DIAMONDS AND THE QUEEN OF SPADES, published by Bird and Beckett.
Miller Williams, the Arkansas poet, is in fantastic but scant company. Arkansas is better known for its blues, country, and jazz artists. But almost anyone who reads Williams’s poems will realize that they can also be sung. Are song lyrics really poems set to music? Williams’s poems are poems, and the music comes through with reading, aloud or in one's head.