In 1923, Oregon established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Kim Stafford, who was appointed to a two-year term in 2018. Stafford is the author of several books of poetry, including Legacy of Beginning: Poems in Bhutan (Larkspur Press, 2013).

In 2018, Linda Aldrich was named poet laureate of Portland, Oregon. She will serve a two-year term.

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May 15 2019
Poetry Night

Share and listen to poetry with other readers and writers. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Gold Hill Library.

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Siwashing It Out Once in Suislaw Forest

I slept under     rhododendron
All night    blossoms fell
Shivering on	a sheet of cardboard
Feet stuck   in my pack
Hands deep    in my pockets
Barely  able    to   sleep.
I remembered    when we were in school
Sleeping together   in a big warm bed
We were     the

i.         Powell’s Bookstore Coffee Shop, Portland

it’s all lit up with volcanoes
Chris says of Oregon
where I write of new fires
burning old animals
but there are these old fires
I don’t heed—

the xylophone of volcanoes
that is the Cascade Range


The more I go, the harder it becomes to return. To anywhere. There is no one at the ocean this morning. I walked by the campsites and smelled eggs and pancakes. And there were sweet Oregon cherries and watermelon. I wonder if I can go back—what purpose there would be in it—or in any other thing?