Month: June 2013

‘Understory: Poems’ by Paulann Petersen, reviewed by John Sibley Williams

Review by John Sibley Williams Understory: Poems   By Paulann Petersen Lost Horse Press  2013, 196 pp., $21.95 Paulann Petersen’s web site / Powell’s Books Before even opening Paulann Petersen’s latest collection, Understory, I was greeted with a haunting question: what is an “understory”? My mind raced with potential metaphors, each speaking directly to the core of all Petersen’s …

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‘Motionless from the Iron Bridge: A Northwest Anthology of Bridge Poems’

Review by Kelly Eastlund Motionless from the Iron Bridge: A Northwest Anthology of Bridge Poems  Edited by John Sibley Williams Bare bone books 2013, 38 pp., $7.50 Ordering information The first thing that struck me about this anthology, after Jonette Swanson’s haunting iron bridge image on the cover, was the word “motionless” in the title. …

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‘Verge’ by Sara Burant, Comment by Erik Muller

Sara Burant. Verge. Finishing Line Press. $14                                                                     Comment by Erik Muller  One virtue of chapbooks is their clarity of intent that can be sustained for a reading straight through. It is a rare larger volume that allows this. Sara Burant’s Verge assuredly develops its title as theme and variations. The verge is principally a border, an edge, the brink …

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‘Photograph With Girls: Poems’ by Nancy Carol Moody reviewed by Toni Van Dusen

Love At First Read                        by Toni Van Dusen            (first printed in CALYX, 2010 – reprinted with permission) PHOTOGRAPH WITH GIRLS: POEMS,  Nancy Carol Moody. Traprock Books, 66 pages, $15 paper. There are many reasons to buy and read Nancy Moody’s PHOTOGRAPH WITH GIRLS. The cover photo is a wonder—four girls (Moody’s mother among them) lying on a …

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‘At This Distance’ by Bette Lynch Husted reviewed by Erik Muller

The Matter and Manner of At This Distance, a review by by Erik Muller Bette Lynch Husted. At This Distance. Wordcraft of Oregon, 2010, $14. Bette Lynch Husted is another strong voice among Eastern Oregon poets published by David Memmott. At This Distance is her first full collection and thus deserves attention to its matter and manner. As the …

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Poet’s Spotlight: Westward Expansion, The Discovery of Medford

WESTWARD EXPANSION: The Discovery of Medford Dee Chadwell “Go west, young man,” Horace Greeley declared, and a hundred years later we did. From six miles up we watched as the patchwork quilt of the plains rolled past beneath us and wrinkled into ridge after ridge of mountains. We changed planes in San Francisco and veered …

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Poet’s Spotlight: Virginia Corrie-Cozart

Monarchs As their wings dry out of the chrysalises, the party’s hostess uncurls their long tongues with a thin stick, introduces them to molasses under gauze. That’s how they learn with butterfly intelligence to locate substitute narcissus. Now, one sips from the edge of the punch bowl. Another lights on Bridey’s hair, then Terence’s shoulder. …

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