Month: November 2018

Board Minutes November 12th, 2018

Oregon Poetry Association Board: Minutes of November 12, 2018 Meeting     Present: Jennifer, Diane, Shirley, Lynn, Bruce, Charles, Erik, Stella, Dale, Alan.   Minutes approved of October 15, 2018, Board meeting.   President’s Report: Shirley commented on the agenda items below.   Treasurer’s Report: Lynn presented the OPA Financial Overview for November. Conference costs met …

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2018 Fall Contest, Theme – Harvest, 3rd Place Winner

Living Room, Circa 1965 by Colette Jonopulos Gold drapes laced with nicotine. Mother says smoking keeps her hands busy. Father knocks the burning end of his cigarette into the ashtray I made in school. Clay animal head and tail, hollowed-out body filled with spent ashes. Doorbell rings, all our sins are gathered and stored in …

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2018 Fall Contest, Theme – Harvest, Honorable Mentions and Judge’s Comments

Honorable mentions: 1st Honorable Mention: “The Sugar Cane at Harvest Bears Witness” by Nancy Flynn, Portland, OR 2nd Honorable Mention: “A Little Thanksgiving” by Leah Stenson, Portland, OR 3rd Honorable Mention: “Fruit Preserves in Glass Jars” by Nancy Christopherson, Baker City, OR Judge’s comments Sixty-odd poems. Some I surmise were written specifically for the contest. …

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2018 Fall Contest, Traditional Form – Rondeau, 1st place

In Flanders’ Yard by Dan Kaufman In Flanders’ yard, Ned blesses weeds with Rod and Todd, his Christian seeds,   while neighbor Homer, his boy Bart,   mow moral corners, belch and fart. “Okily dokily,” Ned concedes. The Simpsons conflict mostly leads to bedlam at cartoonish speeds.   Yet here dwells peaceful counterpart           in Flanders’ yard. Ned’s live-and-let-live …

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2018 Fall Contest, Traditional Form – Rondeau, 2nd Place Winner

Affannato by Mikaela Curry Grief, a songbird in hidden heart sorrow tempo, overture start melody on exhalation finding breath a new causation acoustic anguish to impart aching notes upon her chord chart the beat your blood, your tune her art distress, yet too love’s ovation                   Grief, a songbird each dawn comes chance for some restart …

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2018 Fall Contest, Traditional Form – Rondeau, 3rd Place Winner

Still Burning by Charlotte Abernathy While forests burn, I yearn for light, air finally free of smoke’s choking blight. Each day I wake with tentative fear, draw night’s curtain from the lingering smear still dimming my despairing sight. I grieve for trees, for wild creatures’ plight, pray for victims and brave souls who fight against …

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2018 Fall Contest, Traditional Form – Rondeau, Honorable Mentions and Judge’s Comments

Honorable mentions: 1st Honorable Mention: “Against Neighborhood Noise” by Cecelia Hagen, Eugene, OR 2nd Honorable Mention: “The Turning Year” by Linda Barnes, Medford, OR 3rd Honorable Mention: “Rondeau for the Millennial Whoop” by Jen Karetnick, Miami Shores, FL Judge’s comments Big cheers to all the OPA poets who wrote and submitted rondeaus. The catchy, musical …

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