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  • Mid-Valley Poetry Society Stafford Centennial Art Exhibit in Salem Nov. 5-22 The poetry of Oregon’s beloved former Poet Laureate, William Stafford (1914-1993), has not only influenced many other poets in the Northwest and far beyond, but it has also inspired numerous visual artists. As part of the continuing celebration of Stafford’s centennial year, an exhibit ...

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    Colburn, Don: My chapbook of poems, "Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues," will be performed on stage this month at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis (Oct. 26) and the Wildish Theatre in Springfield (Oct. 24-25). Three actors directed by Leigh Matthews Bock will present the monologues, which tell the true story of Brenda Arrieta Killian, who faced cancer while pregnant. The performances honor those, such as Brenda and her family, affected by breast cancer.

    (Posted October 18, 2014, 6:12 pm.)

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LATEST BOOK REVIEW (EXCERPT)

  • Just This, Tanka by Margaret Chula, reviewed by Penelope Schott Review by Penelope Scambly Schott Just This, Tanka by Margaret Chula, Mountains and Rivers Press, 2013 92 pages, $16.00 Imagine there is someone standing in front of you with a lifted hand and upstretched fingers. Two fingers are presenting a delicate object in order for you to see it clearly. Listen as the person whispers to you, “just this.” In that moment you will look at this single lifted object as if there were nothing else in the world. That’s how Margaret Chula’s poems work. A tanka, in case you’ve forgotten, is a five-line lyrical poem. The name itself means “short poem” and the form is derived from ancient Japanese verse. Although much shorter, generally 31 syllables or fewer, the tanka works a little like a sonnet with a pivotal turn before the end. Unlike haiku which are generally nature poems, the tanka is more likely to deal with human relations. This collection of 100 tanka, the ...

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MOST RECENT POET’S SPOTLIGHT

  • Ruth Harrison: An Appreciation At the Fall 2013 OPA Conference in Forest Grove, Ruth F. Harrison was honored with a lifetime membership. In tribute to her, “Ruth Harrison: An Appreciation” was presented by Eleanor Berry, OPA President Emerita.   Over the past dozen or so years in which I have been active in O(S)PA, it has been my privilege to get to know many fine poets and capable workers on behalf of Oregon poets and poetry. One who has seemed to me—and to many others—an extraordinarily luminous presence is Ruth Harrison. To the best of my recollection, it was at one of the first OSPA conferences I attended that I met Ruth. I remember that she was standing by me in the lunch line, and that we fell into conversation. I remember being drawn to her quiet intelligence and warmth. All the subsequent occasions I’ve spent time with Ruth or her poetry have reinforced that first impression. When ...

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