Osage County Museum, Pawhuska, Oklahoma

By Diane Glancy b. 1941 Diane Glancy
It’s mostly the same here
slow as melonvines in an arctic sun
where the great ball of the plane
went down in nineteen thirty-five & an eskimo
with a camera took a picture that stayed
in his camera twenty-one years
& by some chance he told
an explorer who bought the film
& found the crash
& the bodies under tarp looking like
two seals on the ice,
the crumpled plane with oversized pontoons,
the propeller as though
it could turn again—
the men, Wiley Post & Will Rogers,
still twelve miles southwest of Barrow, Alaska.

“Osage County Museum, Pawhuska, Oklahoma” from One Age in a Dream by Diane Glancy (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1986). Copyright © Diane Glancy. Reprinted with permission from Milkweed Editions. www.milkweed.org.

Source: One Age in a Dream (Milkweed Editions, 1986)

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Poet Diane Glancy b. 1941

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Living, Death, Activities, Travels & Journeys

 Diane  Glancy


Proficient in numerous genres—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting—Diane Glancy often creates work that reflects her Native American heritage. Part Cherokee, and of English and German descent, Glancy was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She has served as artist-in-residence for the Oklahoma State Arts Council (traveling around the state to teach poetry to Native American students) and has taught Native American literature . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Death, Activities, Travels & Journeys

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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