Month: May 2019

2019 Spring Contest Winner: 3rd Place, New Poets

All eyes by Linda Golaszewski What imagines happening behind these eyes the ability to regenerate cell after cell core after core spurting a leaf a branch a new found strength the push through the soil rekindles photosynthesis the dark night of the earth  no barrier to the present urge push the way of the seed …

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2019 Spring Contest, New Poets: Honorable Mentions and Judge’s Comments

Honorable mentions: 1st Honorable Mention: “Freefall” by Lucy Cotter, Portland, OR 2nd Honorable Mention: “Question for Mary Oliver” by Linda Budan, Newberg, OR 3rd Honorable Mention: “Gefilte Fish” by Barry Vitcov, Ashland, OR Judge’s comments The work in the New Poets category was a joy to encounter. As a judge for this category, I was …

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Fall 2019 Poetry Contest Deadline: September 1, 2019

Categories Limit: one entry per category. 1) Poet’s Choice: Limit 80 lines, any subject, any form. Judge: Carl Adamshick. 2) Members Only: Limit 20 lines, any subject, any form. Entrant must be a current OPA member. Judge: Leah Stenson. 3) New Poets: Limit 30 lines, any subject, any form. A new poet is someone with …

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2019 Spring Contest Winner: 2nd Place, Members Only

Birding by Carol Lantz We expect them to be there in all the right places, just as they were last spring, just as they’ve always been— finches, warblers, wrens… teasing us with wing bars streaked breasts eye rings.   But do we stop to ponder how far the birds have flown, the hazards they’ve encountered …

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And if the Dead Do Dream by Anita Sullivan, reviewed by Gigi Cooper

Uttered Chaos, Laura LeHew ISBN# 978-0-9889366-6-9 2016, 35 pp., $10.00 www.utteredchaos.org In And if the Dead Do Dream, Anita Sullivan draws the reader into her personal realm: her house, her walks in the woods, her family. She answers “Where Did You Grow Up?” and signs her “Dear Baobab” letter “Love, Anita.” Fully two-thirds of the …

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2019 Spring Contest Winner: 3rd Place, Members Only

Roadtrip, Interstate 65 by Sallie Ehrman On the cusp of forty, I’m dating a man who starts his day with a cigarette and coffee. Outside the laundry room, Motel 6, Louisville, Kentucky, I can hear him laugh out loud watching Cheers. How many Pete’s Summer Ales will he drink tonight? It’s hot and he’s been …

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2019 Spring Contest, Members Only: Honorable Mentions and Judge’s Comments

Honorable mentions: 1st Honorable Mention: “Jill Reaches Maturity” by Ann Magill, Ashland, OR 2nd Honorable Mention: “Once” by Sherri Levine, Portland, OR 3rd Honorable Mention: “Killjoy” by Lucy Cotter, Portland, OR Judge’s comments One of the things I continue to admire about the Oregon poetry community is its range in personal narratives, technique, and style. …

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2019 Spring Contest Winner: 1st Place, Poet’s Choice

Maps by Jennifer Dorner Halfway across the bridge,        where cranes punctuate the air,   I regard the skyline        I’ve been taught to believe in.   I’m holding on        to the smell of the rain; I mean   I left the city        and keep leaving, apologizing   for what I’ve done,        …

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