Poet’s Spotlight Excerpts

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

    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, ...

  • 2017 Fall Contest Winner: 3rd Place, New Poets

    I Went to School Today


    Salvador Dali was instructing, painfully, the concept

    of relativity. “Everything is relative to something else…

    this chair is relative to that corner. And the corner is relative

    to the clock on the wall as well as the room down that hall.”

    Einstein was sweeping up after the children’s lunch in the cafeteria.

    The chemistry lab had ...

  • 2017 Fall Contest Winner: 2nd Place, New Poets

    Cosmonaut’s Lament


    Above her head

    the stars,

    bleary in their watchfulness


    Under her feet

    black offal,

    of metal tang and smoke and char


    Contrails unspool like strands of hair in zero G

    and the cosmonaut thinks of

    earthbound tidepools


    little pockets of life

    where there should be no life


    Of her sweetheart, unclasping

    a locket notched at her throat

    when she sees a burning line unzip the sky


    Of her ...

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