Rain today, then sun, then hail
enough to whiten fields plowed for wheat.
For an hour I dug the row of raspberry canes – roots
so exuberant they tunnel in every direction…
Lately we’ve restricted our intake of news…

                                                                                                                            – Lex Runciman

You may hear this whole poem, “A Letter to Our Daughters,” at the Silverton Poetry Festival. All events (except the $5 children’s workshop) are free and open to the public.



Featured Poets Reading
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House

Oregon Gardens, Silverton
Friday, February 23, 7–9 pm

Take this opportunity to enjoy poetry in this beautiful and historic venue, as poets John Brehm and Emily Ransdell open the festival. Refreshments served.

Favorite Poem Project & Open Mic
Saturday the 24th, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Silver Falls Library 405 South Water St
Listen in and to share a favorite poem.
First hour:  Read a poem by a favorite poet.
Second hour: Read your own original poem.   

Kids Poetry Writing Workshop: “My Goldfish Stole the Moon”
Saturday, February 24th, 1:00–3:00 pm
Silverton Art Association Classroom
“Big” city park, Coolidge St, Silverton
For kids grades 4–8. A fun, active workshop where your kids write and read their own poems!
To reserve, send $5 to Silverton Poetry Assoc’n,
PO Box 929, Silverton OR 97381

Voces Poéticas – Poetic Voices Una convocación bilingüe
Saturday, February 24th, 1:30–3:30 pm
Mt. Angel Abbey Bookstore & Cafe
Enjoy poetry in the original Spanish, with English translation, commentary and discussion.
Feel free to participate in either language.
Go up through the town of Mount Angel and up Abbey Drive.  Watch for signs.

Talking Poets—”Durable Goods”
Saturday, February 24th, 7:00–9 pm
White Steeple Gallery,
314 Jersey St, Silverton
Author Eric Muller provides the theme with his
book of essays, “Durable Goods: Appreciation of Oregon poets.  Three Oregon poets – Barbara Drake, Paulann Petersen, and Lex Runciman – will join Erik for an evening of sharing and discussion.

The festival’s finale – a Feast of Poets
Sunday, February 25, 1:30–3:30 pm
Mt. Angel Abbey Library Auditorium,
Abbey Drive “on the hill”

Fine poetry in a room designed by Alvar Aalto, with poets Jon Boisvert, Michael Jenkins, Amy Miller, Jim Teeters, and Chrys Tobey.

Gustatory delights and collective conviviality at the conclusion in the library foyer.        

Oregon poets are known for their generosity.  For example, Clemens Starck had to turn down an invitation to the Festival because of a prior commitment to the FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria.  So instead he came to Silverton last week and joined in a Pizza & Poetry evening.

Article by Vere McCarty, member of the Silverton Poetry Association.  See silvertonpoetry.net.  If you do attend the festival, we invite you to share your impressions at salemweeklynews.com.