MOST RECENT OPA NEWS
Join us for our fall conference and annual membership meeting September 14th and 15th!
$105.00 Member – $125.00 Non-Member – $60.00 student
Our conference theme, “Our Common Life,” is highlighted by this year’s keynote speaker, Penelope Scambly Schott, with her topic The Personal “I” in the Community of “We.” She says, “Skim through any contemporary poetry journal and you will find lots of poems written in first person singular. Some are persona poems but most are the poet’s own voice describing that poet’s own experience. How does the “I” poem relate to our shared world?”
conference location is the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St., SE, Salem,
OR. Free parking at the Convention Center
parking garage across the street.
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- Posted: February 28, 2019
Carolyn Martin is happy to announce the launch of her latest poetry collection, A Penchant for Masquerades (Unsolicited Press, 2019).
Celebrate with her at
The Milwaukie Poetry Series
March 13, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Ledding Library Pond House
2215 SE Harrison Street
From the universal to the personal, ...
LATEST BOOK REVIEW (EXCERPT)
Uttered Chaos, Laura LeHew
2016, 35 pp., $10.00
In And if the Dead Do
Dream, Anita Sullivan draws the reader into her personal realm: her house,
her walks in the woods, her family. She answers “Where Did You Grow Up?” and
signs her “Dear Baobab” letter “Love, Anita.” Fully two-thirds of the poems in
this collection are in first person. Even the handful of poems told in second
person are an interior dialogue, as in “Critical Mass” where Sullivan writes,
Upon an early January
afternoon/resolve to leave this house/ / you’ve stayed in far too long.
And as much as she is trying to communicate with herself and
her environment, Sullivan ... Read all of this item.
MOST RECENT POET’S SPOTLIGHT
I ultimately awarded first place to “Loaded trunk falling down a flight of stairs like choir birds” for its unrelenting imagery and the author’s broad perspective on the theme.
—Nancy Carol Moody
Shari Crane Fox comes from Cherokee, Lakota, Blackfoot and Irish roots. She holds advanced degrees from the University of Arizona, UCSD, and Stanford. She has received finalist and honorable mentions, most recently in the Oregon Poetry Association and Patricia Dobler contests. She believes raising three children solo to be her most significant achievement. She recently moved to Portland with a Pomeranian-Chihuahua rescue named Bernie, and to prove fairytales come true, married her high school ... Read all of this item.