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poetry contest: write a poem about portland

Sorry, but this contest has ended. Please visit here to see who won. celebrates National Poetry Month with an invitation to write a poem of your own. Before midnight on April 30, 2008, submit an original poem — under 20 lines and in some way about Portland, Oregon — to for a chance to win 26 books of poetry (from small press poets to contemporary prizewinners to classics) and a handy Powell's rucksack!

a handy Powell's rucksack The poetry lovers at Powell's will choose the winning poem based on factors including style, originality, creativity, and artistic quality. All entrants will receive our upcoming monthly poetry newsletter. Click here for full rules and regulations.

Enter to win these 26 books:
The Collected Poems of Philip WhalenThe Collected Poems of Philip Whalen
by Philip Whalen

"For the first time, all of Philip Whalen's published poems are together in the order that he wrote them. Wesleyan University Press has published a beautiful..."

Deer Drink the MoonDeer Drink the Moon: Poems of Oregon
by Liz Nakazawa

"A wonderful collection of work by 33 Oregon poets that celebrates the state (and state of mind) of Oregon, eco-region by eco-region, west to east, from the Pacific..."

Poems of Nazim HikmetPoems of Nazim Hikmet
by Nazim Hikmet

"Nazim Hikmet is one of the truly great individual voices of the 20th century. His eminently readable poems speak of the tragedies of his life — political repression, prison, the loss of..."

NettlesNettles: Poems
by Venus Khoury Ghata

In Nettles, Vénus Khoury-Ghata brings her impulses for lyric poetry and for stark narrative together into four enchanting sequences.

Poet's BookshelfPoet's Bookshelf: Contemporary Poets on Books That Shaped Their Art
edited by Peter Davis

"A fascinating list not only because of the way each of the 86 poets responded to the request but also because of the incredible diversity of the works cited...."

by Julie Carr

"Julie Carr's poetry is never gimmicky or flamboyant, nor is it pedantic or generically philosophical. While her poems engage the topics of nature and domesticity, she does not..."

Behind my EyesBehind My Eyes
by Li Young Lee

"Li-Young Lee has the rare gift of being able to write about the personal and the communal in a humble and truthful voice that lends his poems great authority and reach...."

Don't Let Me Be LonelyDon't Let Me Be Lonely
by Claudia Rankine

"There are little televisions throughout Don't Let Me Be Lonely. Really. Little photographs of televisions, sometimes depicting widely broadcast images from..."

Another World InsteadAnother World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947
by William Stafford

"In Another World Instead, we receive a true gift: the early writings of one of our best-loved modern American poets. These poems, most of them composed while Stafford..."

Selected PoemsSelected Poems
by Floyd Skloot

"Frankly, Floyd Skloot deserves to be better known. His lovely poems, many dealing with subjects made familiar to his readers through nonfiction books such as In the Shadow of Memory, are rigorous..."

Measured by StoneMeasured by Stone
by Sam Hamill

"What to say about Sam Hamill? The legendary founder of Copper Canyon Press is a gifted poet in his own right, and this fine collection will only go to further his reputation..."

by Joanna Klink

"Joanna Klink's new book, Circadian, is a wonderful exploration of inner and outer landscapes, speaking to the underlying rhythm that connects us, even in the most..."

The Ghost SoldiersThe Ghost Soldiers: Poems
by James Tate

An exciting new collection that embodies Tate's trademark style and voice: his accessibility, his dark humor, and his exquisite sense of the absurd.

Facts about the MoonFacts about the Moon: Poems
by Dorianne Laux

"Philip Levine aptly characterizes Dorianne Laux's poems as "gritty, tough, lyrical." In her newest book, Facts about the Moon, Laux writes of young women learning to..."

ElegyElegy: Poems
by Mary Jo Bang

"To write a single poem about grief and loss without slipping into sentimentality or self-pity is a rare achievement. To write a book of poems that not only avoids these pitfalls but demonstrates..."

Sky PositionSky Position
by Tom Blood

"Blood's poems stand tall, arms wide apart, offering to embrace or engulf you. His words flutter and get stuck in your hair like static electricity...."

All of UsAll of Us: The Collected Poems
by Raymond Carver

This prodigiously rich collection suggests that Raymond Carver was not only America's finest writer of short fiction, but also one of its most large-hearted and affecting poets.

Bad BadBad Bad
by Chelsey Minnis

"Minnis is partly known for using extended ellipses in her work. The dots scrawl across the page like fleas looking for blood. They create tension with their..."

Figures for a Darkroom VoiceFigures for a Darkroom Voice
by Noah Eli Gordon and Joshua Marie Wilkinson

"These aren't just two guys with three names each; these are two of the poets to watch in the next generation. Gordon just won the National Poetry Series Open..."

For Girls (and Others)For Girls (and Others)
by Shanna Compton

"In For Girls (and Others), Shanna Compton commandeers the prim, repressed language of antique advice books for girls and deftly manipulates it into..."

Proofs and TheoriesProofs and Theories
by Louise Gluck

"These essays share the same deftness, brevity, and perception that make Louise Gluck's poems so remarkable. Ranging from near-memoir to academic writing on past poets..."

A Poetry HandbookA Poetry Handbook
by Mary Oliver

"This book is amazingly detailed for a basic introduction and extremely useful for reading, writing, and talking about many different kinds of poems. It not only spared me public humiliation..."

Eros the BittersweetEros the Bittersweet
by Anne Carson

"Beginning with Sappho's description of Eros as 'sweetbitter,' Anne Carson traces the treatment and understanding of Eros in philosophy and literature, both classical and..."

Shedding SkinsShedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets
by Adrian Louis

"A vastly entertaining collection that combines four Native American voices unlike any you'll find in today's marginalized poetry circles. These four young writers..."

Homegirls and HandgrenadesHomegirls and Handgrenades
by Sonia Sanchez

"Winner of the American Book Award, Homegirls and Handgrenades is strong, heroic, and deeply moving. The poems, ranging from haiku to fairly traditional free verse to..."

Red BirdRed Bird: Poems
by Mary Oliver

"Poetry lovers, rejoice! Mary Oliver's new collection has arrived, echoing her beloved early poems as well as exploring new territory. Whether reminiscing about nature or exploring..."

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