Oregon Poetry Association Poetry Contest Spring 2020 Winners

OPA congratulates all the winners below, and thanks them
and all the poets who entered for sharing their work.


                                      Contest Chair: Stella Jeng Guillory

Poet’s Choice — Lynn Otto, Judge

1st Place: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX

2nd Place: “Arachnidæa: Line Drawings” by Stephen Pollock, Mebane, NC

3rd Place: “Mind Gloss” by David Hedges, West Lynn, OR

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention: “Missing” by Suzanne Sigafoos, Portland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Women’s Day at the Sauna” by Michelle Williams, Portland, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Facing Backward on the Train” by Dan Kaufman, Central Point, OR

Members Only — Andrea Hollander, Judge

1st Place: “Cradling Dad” by Cathy Cain, Lake Oswego, OR

2nd Place: “Framing” by Don Kunz, Bend, OR

3rd Place: “Dawn Donuts” by Dan Kaufman, Central Point, OR

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention: “South Africa: A Refugee from Lithuania Reflects on Her New Life”  by Vivienne Popperl, Portland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Cold Comfort” by Carol Boutard, Gaston, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “The House of Winter in Summer” by James R Merrill, Keizer, OR

New Poets — Penelope Scambly Schott

1st Place: “Go Round Mary” by Evelyn Gardner, Portland, OR

2nd Place: “Rain” by Jim Johnson, Portland, OR

3rd Place: “Dog bodhisattvas” by Mary Ann Petersen, Eugene, OR

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention: “She Smiles” by Christian Shute, Cheyenne, WY

2nd Honorable Mention: “It’s Mostly Complaining” by Phillip Wilson, Beaverton, OR;

3rd Honorable Mention: “Seven Encounters with Rainbow” by Tuula Rebhahn, Ashland, OR

Traditional Form- Triolet–— Marc Janssen, Judge

1st Place: “When your Man’s a Drunk” by Joan Dobbie, Eugene, OR

2nd Place: “O World” by David Hedges, West Lynn, OR

3rd Place: “ Mates” by Nita Countryman, Brush Prairie, WA

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention: “Pale Ring” by Charles Castle, Eugene, OR;

2nd Honorable Mention: “Here and Gone” by Jim Johnson, Portland, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Leaf Ballet” by Emory D. Jones; Inka, MS

Theme – Anticipation– Judge: John Brehm:

1st Place: “IN ATHENS WITH MARGUERITE” by Connie Soper, Portland, OR

2nd Place: “Beethoven Never Saw an Ocean” by Colette Tennant, Salem, OR

3rd Place: “The Way” by Donna Prinzmetal, Portland, OR

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention:  “Anticipation Spells” by Linda Ferguson, Portland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “The Pleasures of Whorehouse Meadow” by David Hedges

3rd Honorable Mention: “The Things We Do to Generate Hope” by Michelle Williams, Portland, OR

Under 30 –Judge: David Biespiel:

1st: “Tuesdays But Also Sometimes Never” by Brady Pearson, Portland, OR;

2nd: “She Seems Like a Nice Girl with a Mean Streak” by Eva Parish, New York. NY;

3rd: “keeping up with the kardashians” by Sophie App-Singer, Bend, OR

Honorable Mentions

“Hourglass & Obol” by Alex Hart, Portland, OR

“untitled” by Lexis Sixel, Eugene, OR

“Oaklen’s Ode” by Anastasia Blanchet, Saugerties, NY

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

Poet bio

Danielle Stricklin has been writing poetry since the fifth grade, when her teacher praised her use of metaphor in a creative writing assignment describing the word “greed.” She studied poetry, literature, and gender politics at the University of Montana and currently lives in Eugene, Oregon, writing, running, and caring for her family and three cats.

2019 Fall Contest Winner: 2nd Place, Poet’s Choice

Original Face

by Michael Selker

When our friend turned sixty she wanted

a new life, wanted to tuck up and tighten,

wanted to get rid of those lines

When people and things fell apart in her life

and her car made a funny noise in neutral,

she took control and hired a plastic surgeon.

Now she is wrapped in ice for the swelling,

time suspended, cut white lilies on the table.

His Boston Whaler is still in the driveway

with life jackets and oars packed inside

as if he might return at a moment’s notice,

the keys to the cabin in Cannon Beach

still hanging on the hook by the basement door.

Ten to twenty years erased. And why not.

We tell her to remember she is beautiful

with or without that surgery. We tell her

to remember that the world makes us do these things.

To remember the Zen Koan that tells us to show

the face we had before our parents were born.

Poet bio

Michael Selker graduated from UCSB at a vibrant time for English majors; Hugh Kenner, Kenneth Rexroth and Basil Bunting were among the faculty. Selker studied with Hugh Kenner and lived next door to Bunting, who loved to drink beer and recite poetry—his own as well as work by friends Pound, Creeley, Ginsberg and others. Selker has published work in Cloudbank, Hubbub and Windfall and has one chapbook, Crazies’ Bus Stop, published by Pudding House Press.