KATE MARSH ~ Poet Laureate

Kate Marsh is a retired author of mega-yacht technical manuals who traded the sea for the high desert, where she volunteers as coordinator for the Harney County Writer-in-Residence Program for students in Oregon’s outback. 


Grandmother, poet and photographer, she rides four-wheelers in the desert and tours on a Harley Davidson with her husband.  Her poems have received two Kay Snow Awards from Oregon’s Willamette Writers, and an award from Oregon’s Writers of the Purple Sage. 

Kate won the “Senior Poet Laureate for Oregon” competition by the Amy Kitchener Foundation and her selected poem was published in their 2011 on-line anthology.  Her poems have been published in the Magazine of the Guild for Structural Integration, and in Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poems – Winter 2012. 

Her chapbook Appaloosa Flanks and Other Poems is forthcoming in May from Finishing Line Press.  She is a member of Oregon’s Harney Basin Writers.



by Kate Marsh

In the clouds against a brilliant blue,

Head forward, beak curved to the ground,

Left wing outstretched catching air.

I watch while he vanishes,

Majesty shattered by the winds.


High in flight taking measure,

Equally fierce and fragile

But more form than substance,

All my eagerness could not hold him.

I feel bereft and wanting.


Published in Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, Winter 2012

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