- Pat Banta: In Memoriam
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 ...
- Featured OPA Contest Winner: Amy S. O’Hearn
were meant to climb over and woods dense with underbrush and muck our domain. We hacked through prickly bushes, trampled long grass, collected burrs on our clothes and in our hair, clear cut canopies to lay bare the soft earth, and sat for hours stripping bark to carve the skin that lay beneath. When that ...
- Featured OPA Contest Winner: Penny Hetherington
Snow on Western Hemlock Forest
A corps de ballet, wearing
Yesterday’s snowfall, branches
Sway, curving down,
Fingers dripping icy water
Under bright mid-day sun,
Heads tilted on drooping
Necks; they dance more
Slowly in dawn mist and
With abandon in moonlight.
Penny Hetherington: One late April day driving past a Western Hemlock grove on Mount Hood, I ...