MOST RECENT OPA NEWS
- Fall 2015 Poetry Contest Winners Announced
Last summer, poets submitted poems in six categories—Poet’s Choice, Members Only, Dueling Judges, Traditional Form-Haibun, New Poets, Themed-Longing, and Experimental Poetry—for OPA’s Fall 2015 Poetry Contest.
Contest winners and judges comments can be read on the page: Oregon Poetry Association Fall 2015 Contest Winners.Read all of this item.
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LATEST UNIT NEWS (EXCERPT)
- ROGUE VALLEY
The Down Towne Poets, a monthly reading held in Dan and Sarah Goyette’s Down Towne Coffee House, in Talent, was started in 2005 by Deborah Thornley, who moved to Tucson in 2007, leaving the program to be coordinated by Dave Harvey. Co-host Carol Brockfield and he have continued to ... Read all of this item.
- Tricia Knoll’s poetry collection Ocean’s Laughter is now available.
Ocean’s Laughter is a collection of lyric and eco-poetry about Knoll’s 25 years in Manzanita, Oregon. Pre-publication reviews of the book by Naomi Shihab Nye, Robert Michael Pyle, and Bill Siverly are online at http://triciaknoll.com/oceans-laughter/ .Read all of this item.
LATEST BOOK REVIEW (EXCERPT)
- Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out, reviewed by Ruthy Kanagy January 9, 2015
Review by Ruthy Kanagy
Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out
Edited by Leah Stenson and Asao Sarukawa Aroldi
Inkwater Press (Portland, Oregon)
2014, 192pp., $14.95
3.11.11 is a date forever imprinted on the memories of Japanese and other persons who were in Japan on that fateful day. A massive tsunami launched by a ‘thousand-year’ magnitude 9.0 earthquake inundated 400 miles of Pacific coastline north of Tokyo – about the distance from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It took the lives of 18,000 people and swept away farms, homes, fishing villages and whole cities. In the days following, multiple hydrogen explosions and meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi (No. 1) Nuclear Power Station, 160 miles north of Tokyo, forced the evacuation of 140,000 citizens who had to abandon pets, livestock, farms, and businesses, tearing apart centuries-old ways of life.
Almost four years later, we ... Read all of this item.
MOST RECENT POET’S SPOTLIGHT
- Featured OPA Contest Winner: Amy S. O’Hearn April 30, 2015
were meant to climb over and woods dense with underbrush and muck our domain. We hacked through prickly bushes, trampled long grass, collected burrs on our clothes and in our hair, clear cut canopies to lay bare the soft earth, and sat for hours stripping bark to carve the skin that lay beneath. When that grew tiresome, we traipsed to the lowlands to construct a catwalk of doors over swamp and shape an inner sanctum within its towering reeds, until the day my father forced me to lead him to my brother’s towering collection of pornographic magazines. A tower quite impressive in the way it leaned so markedly to the right yet remained standing, almost as tall as I was at 8 or 9. I try to envision my father’s reaction, but all I can see is the tower of glossy magazines, his own stash transferred by my brother from ... Read all of this item.