Neal Lemery is a poet recorded in Manzanita on October 15, 2011. He has the following to say about his poetry:
Poetry allows me to find voice in what is around me, and being able to look at the world by capturing a moment of beauty, or a thought that is otherwise elusive, yet needs to be explored.
Poetry is in everything we see and everything we experience. An idea, a prase, gives me permission to put an experience inside of some boundaries, and then fully look at what is there. Often, when I write, what I later see in the image is not what first caught my eye and my ear. There is always something deeper there, an added layer or two of a deeper meaning, a deeper experience.
I am a photographer, and I draw, and paint, too, and I often go back and forth among all those expressions. Each medium gives me a different viewpoint, and a different voice.
Often, the ordinary, the mundane offers the deepest experience in poetry, as I am led to go deeper into the experience. Over time, the message I find changes, and often grows deeper, and more spiritual, more satisfying, an, often, more provocative.
Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) has begun to create a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state.
"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."
-Academy of American Poets