MOST RECENT OPA NEWS
- Verseweavers 2015: Coming Soon
The 2015 volume of Verseweavers should be available in time for the holidays. Watch your mail for it. Extra copies can be ordered under PUBLICATIONS > Verseweavers.
Read the full item to preview the cover, a beautiful painting by OPA member Charlotte Abernathy.Read all of this item.
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LATEST UNIT NEWS (EXCERPT)
- 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 ... Read all of this item.
- Shirley Plummer was so stunned by a newsletter piece
She simply blurted out her response and with few edits sent it off. The author requested permission to print it in her blog. It can be read here:Read all of this item.
LATEST BOOK REVIEW (EXCERPT)
- Setting the Fires by Darlene Pagán, reviewed by Carolyn Martin November 20, 2016
Setting the Fires by Darlene Pagán
Airlie Press, 2015, $15.00
Reviewed by Carolyn Martin
When Randall Jarrell defined a poet as someone “who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times,” he could have been describing Darlene Pagán.
In Setting the Fires, lightning strikes this talented poet dozens of times in poems that sizzle and smolder, delight and engage, surprise and move.
For starters, what is so striking about this collection is its structure. Pagán has adeptly arranged her forty-three poems into three sections– “Fuel,” “Heat,” and “Breath” – with fire, both literal and metaphoric, as the unifying image.
For example, the opening poem, “How It All Started,” immediately announces this intent. It tells the story of a female camper who has exasperated her male companion because she forgot the lantern, the towels, the hot dog ... Read all of this item.
MOST RECENT POET’S SPOTLIGHT
- Pat Banta: In Memoriam August 28, 2016
It’s our sad duty to announce that former OPA president, board member, and poet Pat Banta passed away in March of this year.
Patricia Banta was born on December 31, 1924 in Los Angeles, CA, the only child of Ernest G and Deloris (Éclair) Henry. She died March 25, 2016 in Roseburg.
She attended school at U.C.L.A where she received her teaching credential. She taught five and a half years in California before moving to Oregon in 1959. There she continued to teach until retiring in 1980.
Pat enjoyed poetry and her poems were widely published in numerous newspapers and literary magazines. She reviewed well known poets and their books for a variety of College Quarterlies.
OPA member Doreen Wiley writes:
REMEMBERING PATRICIA (GOW) BANTA
Pat Banta was active on the Oregon poetry scene in the mid-1960’s and 70’s when she and I worked on the OSPA board and served as presidents, as ... Read all of this item.