• OPA Congratulates the 2018 Manningham Winners!

    We thank the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, as well as Budd Powell Mahan, Manningham Youth Chair.

    Second Place Senior Division (Grades 9 – 12)

    Anna Lipari, Creation Myths, St. Mary’s Academy, Portland, teacher Sara Salvi

    Fifth Place Junior Division (Grades 6 – 8)

    Christopher Rogers, The Life of a Short Kid, Judson Middle School, Salem, teacher Karen Kinnett

    Fourth Place Junior Division (Grades 6 – 8)

    Carlie Cieri, Just Me, Judson Middle School, Salem, teacher Karen Kinnett

    First Place Junior Division (Grades 6 – 8)

    Madison Monahan, You Are Not Defined, Judson Middle School, Salem, teacher Karen Kinnett

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  • Posted: May 15, 2018

    Nancy Christopherson

    “Water as Much as Anything,” “Migrants Immigrants Welcome,” “Greater Good,” and “At the Human Test Site” recently published in MOMENTS BEFORE MIDNIGHT, Oregon Poets Write for Ecological, Social, Political, and Economic Justice, an anthology by Bob Hill Publishing, edited by Amalie Rush Hill.

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  • Before Dreaming: Poems by Arn Strasser, reviewed by Gigi Cooper

    Before Dreaming

    by Arn Strasser


    Budding Branch Books, an imprint of Asher & Merriman Publishers

    ISBN# 978-0-9841874-1-6

    2015, 89 pp., $19.95



    Before Dreaming almost is correct; Between Dreaming would be accurate. Arn Strasser’s collection investigates the interaction between the dream state and wakefulness. He approaches the enigma of the dream world with both wonder and dread, exploring the boundaries between living and dead, youth and age, adventure and solace. Without magniloquence, he takes the reader on a journey from as close as the dining room and sofa to the markets and shores of Sardinia.

    For Strasser, sleep is not a separate condition, but a way to access both memories and the future. Dream and memory inextricably intertwine in the book, most literally in the penultimate set of poems

    called “The Wanderers.”


    1. Night

    … so we may wander

    the landscapes

    of our dreams … .


    these constellations of our

    desires, a twilight of



    1. Awakening

    Do you hear


    of the dead,


    who speak in memory … .


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  • 2018 Spring Contest Winner: 2nd Place, New Poets

    May 24, 2018

    the cherries were ripe

    by Linda Golaszewski


    the cherries were ripe

    near a lake

    big enough to be touched by tides.

    Cherries bent low, full

    no one else had picked

    them no one knows ripeness


    how red the fruit

    can get when dead ready

    to be picked, the kids

    scattered to free the branches

    from their harvest. Pie cherries

    ready for their next incarnation

    sour with a bitter pit

    sour with a passing fancy of sweet

    Tell me then, did you

    have to, tell me when the children

    were running through to the wind and the wild

    taste of feral fruit.


    knocking my heart to the ground

    the wind pulled like the tide from my lungs


    and I followed you around

    and I followed you around

    the children

    the red fruit

    the heavy branches

    you heart gone through a thicket

    of fruit of the wrong kind of ripeness


    and I followed you around

    til the red of the cherries stained my lips

    and the brush scratched my hands

    bleeding in disbelief.



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    The poems in the “New Poet” category were impressive and explored ... Read all of this item.

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