MOST RECENT OPA NEWS
OPA congratulates all the winners below, and thanks them
and all the poets who entered for sharing their work.
Watch for individual poems to appear in Poet’s Spotlight over the coming weeks.
Poet’s Choice — John
Sibley Williams, Judge
1st Place: “Maps” by Jennifer Dorner, Klamath Falls, OR
2nd Place: “passing” by Deborah Akers, Portland, OR
3rd Place: “Observing the Arsonist” by Colette Jonopulos,
1st Honorable Mention: “Awaiting the Child” by Carol
Ellis, Forest Grove, OR
2nd Honorable Mention: “I.” by Tamarah Rockwood,
Bainbridge Island, WA
3rd Honorable Mention: “I Want to Speak Norwegian” by Linda
Ferguson, Portland, OR
Only — José Angel Araguz, Judge
1st Place: “Lake Ridge Drive” by Jennifer Dorner, ... Read all of this item.
- 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 Press, 2018, 80 pages, $19
As I often do when I start a book of poetry, I opened Judith
Montgomery’s Litany for Wound and Bloom
at random and dove in. The poems are startling and beautiful, standing on their
own even without the arc of the arrangement, though that had its own pleasing
“Listen” drew me in first, repeating some lines like a refrain (if the moon had been tatter and fog… if I lived in green valleys of wheat), making the unfolding story
even more appalling, like a lullaby turned horror story.
In the three evenly-divided sections – (Womb), (Word), (Witness)
– which concern motherhood – all the joy and ... Read all of this item.
MOST RECENT POET’S SPOTLIGHT
1st Honorable Mention: “Jill Reaches
Maturity” by Ann Magill, Ashland, OR
2nd Honorable Mention: “Once” by Sherri Levine, Portland, OR
3rd Honorable Mention: “Killjoy” by Lucy
Cotter, Portland, OR
One of the things I continue to admire about
the Oregon poetry community is its range in personal narratives, technique, and
style. In this year’s “Members Only” category, family narratives were shuffled
in with lyrically challenging poems, haiku with prose poems, and so on. This
bounty of styles speaks to the health and expansiveness of Oregon poetry. In my
selections, I found myself narrowing down based on what brought me closer to
the page, whether that be a personal lyric rendered in such a way as to paint a
clear image of a love relationship, to poems whose recasting of ... Read all of this item.