Month: November 2017

Cascade-Siskiyou: Poems by Pepper Trail, reviewed by Alan Contreras

Painted Thrush Press, 2015, 65 pages, $12 ISBN 978-1508484356 Available via Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Cascade-Siskiyou-Poems-Pepper-Trail/dp/150848435X The Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon and northern California are what writers of stories of the west, both historic and fictional, call “rough country.” It is in fact about as rough as anyone might ask for in the lower 48 states, …

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Board Minutes November 19th 2017

November 19, 2017   Oregon Poetry Association board meeting (done by SKYPE) participating: Lisa Baldwin, Lynn Otto, Shirley Marc, Joy McDowell, Erik Muller, Charles Castle, Stella Jeng Guillory, Bruce Parker, Diane Corson, Dale Champlin   ELECTION OF OFFICERS (2017-18): Lisa Baldwin elected president of board. Joy McDowell elected as secretary. Lynn Otto elected treasurer. Shirley …

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2017 Fall Contest Winner: 1st Place, New Poets

Disturbance Theory at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest [gview file=”https://oregonpoets.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/DisturbanceTheoryCorrected.pdf”] 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 …

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2017 Fall Contest Winner: 3rd Place, Theme–Current Events

The Greatest Show on Earth Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, 1919–2017   Grandma said the circus came to town by train, paraded through the streets to the fairgrounds   tigers in horse-drawn cages, clowns, a man on stilts, a brass band, acrobats in spangled costumes;   the children tugged at their parents’ hands to …

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2017 Fall Contest Winner: 1st Place, Theme–Current Events

Another Perspective on the Nuclear Codes   Imagine looking down from the space station as the blue-green earth turns beneath and the mushrooms bloom silently along the Florida panhandle, the ox head shape of France, the teardrop of Africa; bloom like gray mums along the Nev, follow the Rhine (obliterate the Rhine), rise silently from …

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2017 Fall Contest Traditional Form, Villanelle: Honorable Mentions and Judges’ Comments

Honorable mentions: 1st Honorable Mention: “Creation Story” by Toni Hanner, Eugene, OR 2nd Honorable Mention: “Salt-and-Pepper Villanelle” by Danny Earl Simmons, Lebanon, OR 3rd Honorable Mention: “Detective Chief Inspectors” by Dan Kaufman, Central Point, OR       Judge’s comments To prepare, I read villanelles by Bishop, Dunn, Kees, and Levertov. Then I looked in …

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2017 Fall Contest Winner: 3rd Place, Traditional Form–Villanelle

Imagining Mrs. R who died at 114, according to her obituary          My husband died in 1963. He sold insurance (auto, fire, life). Before we met I taught geometry,   nursed ginger ales in Newark speakeasies. Bent-elbowed friends recruited me to drive. My husband died in 1963,   his second heart attack, and Kennedy was …

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