This dream the world is having about itself
includes a trace on the plains of the Oregon trail,
a groove in the grass my father showed us all
one day while meadowlarks were trying to tell
something better about to happen.
William Stafford, “Vocation”
- making oxygen, remaining inside this pure hollow note, by M. Ann Reed, reviewed by Sakina B. FakhriThe poems in M. Ann Reed’s making oxygen, remaining inside this pure hollow note invite the reader into the hollow growing point we share with plants – the silent note through which, as the author says in the Preface, we breathe soul-life into words, words into musical patterns, musical patterns into images, all literary features into meaning. And so this book unravels, teaching the reader how to read it as it proceeds with a sense of movement without propulsion – a sense of moving-with instead of moving-towards. The words do not merely transform, but transform with the reader.
- OPA’s Adult Fall Poetry Contest Opens Aug. 1Polish your poems. It’s contest time again!Begins: August 1, 2022Ends: September 1, 2022 CATEGORIESPlease remember that if you are not a current member of OPA you must submit yourentries through …
- Looking Beyond Oregon for Poetic InspirationBy Sue Fagalde Lick, OPA president Oregon boasts hundreds of wonderful poets, but our state is just one tiny part of the poetry world. In June, I traveled to Columbus, …
- With Extreme Prejudice, Lest We Forget, by Emmett Wheatfall, reviewed by Carolyn MartinAs a poet astutely aware of the challenges facing 21st century America, Emmett Wheatfall has never shied away from the in-your-face-truths all of us need to hear. With Extreme Prejudice, Lest We Forget is his latest foray into truth-telling. This collection bears witness to the history of the COVID-19 pandemic which Wheatfall elegantly describes as The greatest hitchhiker on earth…/making its rounds (“Every Nation Under The Sun”).
- OPA Board Minutes, June 6, 2022Board minutes: June 6th, 2022
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