Oregon

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.

upcoming events

date
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.

6:00pm
202 Dardanelles Street
97525 Gold Hill, Oregon

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Reading Series Mountain Writers' Series Oregon

poems

poem
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
poem

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?

poem

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