During the pandemic we have all had ample time to write. In response to these unprecedented times the Oregon Poetry Association published this Pandemic 2020 Anthology. All the poems are by OPA members. We are happy to present this stunning artistic and historic document. While the pandemic raged, nature thrived. Spring burst into summer and wild animals roamed our backyards. We poets weeded our gardens, baked, tended our children, and wrote poetry. We observed our neighbors from afar, adjusting to the new social norms, not touching, and drawing cautious breaths behind our masks. We were lonely and fearful, furious with the slow lack of government response, though few of us reflected our frustration in our poetry. A few months ago, wildfires swept through Oregon, burning some of our homes as well as entire communities. A pall of thick smoke blanketed our state, making it even more difficult to breathe. At the time of this publication, four hundred thousand Americans have lost their lives due to contagion. Poets in this anthology lost loved ones and wrote of their grief. We have suffered through a tumultuous political upheaval and yet we continue to write poetry.
Featured reader starts at 7:00 followed directly by an open mic.
This is a virtual event on zoom, details: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81221681959?pwd=V3VySkxsWXhBWFcyb1p5ekxFUk4zZz09
Meeting ID: 812 2168 1959