• 2015 Oregon Student Poetry Contest Winners!

    The student poetry contest winners are up. Read their names here.

    Award ceremony will be June 20th, Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss Avenue in Portland.

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  • ROGUE VALLEY 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 ...

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    Shawn Aveningo: Member news item: Thank you to Emmanuel Sigauke for featuring five of my poems in the Munyori Literary Journal, last month. You can visit the direct link below to read "Born Where Men Go To Die", "Shape-Shifting", "Last Call", "Citizen's Mistress" and "And the Question Is...". Please feel free to comment or share.
    (Posted February 28, 2015, 2:20 pm.)

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  • Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out, reviewed by Ruthy Kanagy Review by Ruthy Kanagy Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out Edited by Leah Stenson and Asao Sarukawa Aroldi Inkwater Press (Portland, Oregon) ISBN: 9781629010656 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 in the U.S. hear little about the aftermath of the nuclear ...

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  • Featured OPA Contest Winner: Lisa Baldwin Out West   It was your silence that turned me Out and away from the hollowness Resounding through this empty place We sometimes felt was home. Along the beach road, walking away, I know one bird on the wire Is less alone than two Perched yards apart. A silent sea stack divides the Pacific On the fulcrum of its presence, Cuts a single swell into Two urgent, shore-bound surges, Movement rushed by solid stillness, Water curved by rock, Rock carved by moving water Into the shapely hips of Earth’s Ripe daughter posing in the shallows alone. I long for a pelagic life, unbound, In the company of sooty terns Alone to drown or rise On some airborne mercy.     Lisa Baldwin: My poem, “Out West,” comes out of an awareness that loneliness has little to do with being alone. I began working on this poem after a trip to the Oregon Coast, a place with deep emotional significance for me but one I had not visited in the seven years following the death of my ...

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