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  • Broadfork Farm by Tricia Knoll, reviewed by Wallace Kaufman

    ISBN-13 978-0-9980999-4-1

    The Poetry Box

    2017, 73 pp, $12.00

    On her web site, www.triciaknoll.com, Tricia Knoll speaks of herself in the third person. She is a tree hugging . . . Master Gardener who routinely talks to crows who ignore her. She also calls herself an eco-poet. In the opening line of “The Klickitats,” the first selection in Broadfork Farm, she says, I’m a farmsitter, once or twice a year, a few weeks. The farm is across the river from Mt. Hood and about 20 miles north near the village of Trout Lake. And there you have the setting and the character who inhabits these pieces.


    In “Buddha Nestled in White and Pink Sweet Peas on the Fencepost at Broadfork Gate,”

    Knoll says of the Broadfork Farm,



                            The farm is not for everyman.

                            In the old house, there’s no white sugar,

                            no microwave and when ... Read all of this item.

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  • 2107 Fall Contest New Poets: Honorable Mentions and Judge’s Comments

    December 4, 2017

    Honorable mentions:

    1st Honorable Mention: “Memorial Day” by Joanna Rose, Portland, OR

    2nd Honorable Mention: “Fostering a Better World” by Jennifer Rood, Grants Pass, OR

    3rd Honorable Mention: “After Midnight” by Stephanie Striffler, Portland, OR



    Judge’s comments

    I thought a lot about meaning as I read these poems. I thought about how language creates meaning, how humans create language, and how, despite how frail the letters words are made of, how inadequate the sounds of words are to represent the wide world, still meaning is made by one person who makes marks on a paper and understood by another person who looks at those marks with her eyes. It was a pleasure to read every poem entered and respond to the images, sounds and intent of each one.

    We understand the world by naming the things in it. We make meaning of those names by arranging them on the page in beautiful patterns—thank you to ... Read all of this item.

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