Month: May 2018

2018 Spring Contest Winner: 3rd Place, Theme–Borders and Boundaries

Something There Is by Kim Hamilton   They plead latitude document 13 article A hand the map of scars back   folded in your lap at crossing the green skin   was a prayer you made with your feet and stayed there.       Judge’s comments I was drawn to the category, Borders and …

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2018 Spring Contest, Theme–Borders and Boundaries: Honorable Mentions and Judge’s Comments

Honorable mentions: 1st Honorable Mention: “Crossing” by Helen Puciloski, Rainier, OR 2nd Honorable Mention: “Territory” by Cynthia Jacobi, Newport, OR 3rd Honorable Mention: “Unfinished Things” by Marvin Lurie, Portland, OR     Judge’s comments I was drawn to the category, Borders and Boundaries, because it is a subject that I ponder often and I often …

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2018 Spring Contest Winner: 1st Place, Traditional Form–Sonnet

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do by Hanna Litwinowicz   I fail to acknowledge the car’s on fire Got me where I am, radio’s still on Our parts lacked components the machine required Perhaps, me and you sweetie, same things gone No bare-leg runs, daisies cut tac-toe-tics You didn’t hear my heart across the room …

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2018 Spring Contest Winner 2nd Place: Sonnet for the 25th Wedding Anniversary

Sonnet for the 25th Wedding Anniversary by Carolyn Martin   She came to me in the rain. ­—James Wright, “Sappho”   What a silly thing to do, this Memory without umbrella or boots, slipping through the drenching afternoon, reminding me of early loves I filed away. A few titled puppy-ish lined with clipped good-byes, slamming …

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2018 Spring Contest Winner: 3rd Place, Traditional Form–Sonnet

We Can Always Talk about the Weather by Alida Rol   Bleached coral moans in rising seas, while parched Lake Chad sighs memories of millet, maize, and bottle gourds, of homes on unscorched earth. Daily, somewhere, raging floods rephrase the mud, emend topography, splinter lean-tos, drown the hapless, inspire throngs of refugees. Tainted air, imprinted …

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2018 Spring Contest, Traditional Form–Sonnet: Honorable Mentions and Judge’s Comments

Honorable mentions: 1st Honorable Mention: “For Albert” by Joan Dobbie, Eugene, OR 2nd Honorable Mention: “Death of an Archaeologist” Marri Champié, Kuna, ID 3rd Honorable Mention: “Kaizen” by Sue Parman, Hillsboro, OR     Judge’s comments I think every judge speaks to how difficult it is to select poems for a contest. I can only …

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2018 Spring Contest Winner: 1st Place, New Poets

Coals by Welkin Azure   This time she sits quietly and observes them all at march. Step-falls a creaking drum, arms swishing become as tongue, the movement and the gathering bring closer the arrived. A resembling that there was and that which takes its place. She giggles now, filling us with want, desire for the …

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OPA Congratulates the 2018 Manningham Winners!

We thank the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, as well as Budd Powell Mahan, Manningham Youth Chair. Second Place Senior Division (Grades 9 – 12) Anna Lipari, Creation Myths, St. Mary’s Academy, Portland, teacher Sara Salvi Fifth Place Junior Division (Grades 6 – 8) Christopher Rogers, The Life of a Short Kid, Judson Middle …

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