Speaking of these three genres, as the summer reading season begins, I'd like to plug three fantastic Oregon books in each of the categories.
In April I attended a literary event in Newport (where I live) called the Poetry Concord that gathered poets from all over Oregon to share their work and participate in discussions and workshops. One of the poets was Shaindel Beers, a professor of English at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton and author of a new collection of poems titled A Brief History of Time, published by Salt Publishing out of the United Kingdom.
I heard Beers read several poems from her book and was astounded by their frank honesty and contemporary themes.I heard Beers read several poems from her book and was astounded by their frank honesty and contemporary themes. In recent years I have grown incredibly tired of obtuse and gutless poetry and there is nothing obtuse or gutless about Beers' poems. They strike straight and true. "Why It Almost Never Ends with Stripping" is probably my favorite, but my favorite line comes from the title poem:
I'm no good at this love thing
nonetheless, I keep on trying, like the benchwarmer
who begs to be sent in and is carried out crushed every time.
If you haven't bought a book of poetry in a while, try this one. You won't be disappointed.
Causes Shaindel Beers Supports
Save the Children, ASPCA, Defenders of Wildlife, The Sierra Club, and The World Wildlife Fund