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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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  • High-Voltage Lines by Tiel Aisha Ansari, reviewed by Lois Rosen Review by Lois Rosen High-Voltage Lines by Tiel Aisha Ansari Barefoot Muse Press 2012 ISBN-13:978-615663760 Paperback: 40 pages Tiel Aisha Ansari’s poetry collection, High-Voltage Lines, lives up to its name. Like the conduits delivering strong electrical charges, sparking the air around them, her artful lines convey potent messages. Tiel treats the reader to a dazzling array of well-crafted formal verse poems including villanelles, pantoums, ghazals, sonnets, and sestinas. Her work is a tour de force of metrical and syntactical dexterity that delights the reader with its skilled blending of structure and meaning. The collection’s first poem immediately invites us into a world of erudite fun: The Author Introduces Herself Phrenologue dialogue: Doctor O’Quackery says that my cranium shows I am dull. Lethally boring, the un-entertaining-est gal in the world, by the bumps on my skull. The narrator asserts she is “dull,” but the bouncy rhythm and high-level of language shown by such words and “cranium” and “lethally” as they contrast with silly, invented words like “O’Quakery” ...

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  • 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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