MOST RECENT OPA NEWS
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A Mid-Valley Poetry Society Poetry in Performance Event
2-4 p.m., Sunday, April 25, via Zoom
Painter & Writer Cynthia Herron & Singer-Songwriter Kristen Grainger
Free ● Open Mic between Sets by Featured Presenters
This Poetry in Performance event will be a program of art, music, and poetry for “Healing Fractures.” Painter and writer Cynthia Herron will present her art, and Singer-songwriter Kristen Grainger will perform with Dan Wetzel, her partner in the True North duo.
Enter the link above into your browser to attend the free Zoom event. Meanwhile, you are invited to write poems in response to a visual work, “Low Field with Mended Oak Leaf,” by Cynthia Herron and/or a song, “The Ghost of Abuelito,” by Kristen Grainger—and then to perform the poems during the open mic segment of the April 25th program.
Grainger’s “The Ghost of Abuelito,” in a performance with the True North band, can ...
- Posted: March 20, 2021
Related to Loon: a first year teacher in Tuluksak has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. Kathleen Flenniken, former WA Poet Laureate says “McManus is a skilled storyteller, playful, respectful…This book is an absolute delight.” Further reviews and ordering information can be found at www.finishinglinepress.com or the ...
LATEST BOOK REVIEW (EXCERPT)
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Reviewed by Alicia Hoffman
Grim Honey by Jessica Barksdale
Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, 2021
Available at https://sheilanagigblog.com/sheila-na-gig-editions-quick-shopping/jessica-barksdale/
Exigence and Apocalypse
The past is never dead. It’s not even past.
– William Faulkner
Like the horrific tragedy of 9/11, everyone will remember where they were when Covid19 shut down the globe. In early March 2020, days before nation-wide school closures, I was standing in a room full of maskless high schoolers, reviewing for the upcoming AP Language exams. We were studying the rhetorical concept of exigence, the idea that writers often come up against a situation that demands action or remedy. It is this impulse, this urgency, that often calls us to act, that prompts utterance, that begs us to better understand our place in the world’s vast and complicated chess game.
When the pandemic came ...
MOST RECENT POET’S SPOTLIGHT
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
(a Vivianne sonnet variation)
As embryos we each explore the wall
of womb that holds us. It’s the first place joy
is felt—mom’s heartbeat like a lullaby.
Cocooned in touch, that’s how we interact.
We’re chastised just as soon as we can crawl
or walk. Just look! Hands off! That’s not a toy.
We’re told to view, to listen, smell that, try
a taste of this—but touch … and hands are smacked.
And so begins our isolation. All
those inhibitions finally destroy
instinctive comfort found in touch, deny
the core of who we are. Our lives contract.