by Sid Miller
Sid Miller, editor of the Burnside Review, explores seven routes from the coast to the mountains, from inner-city Portland to the Idaho border. Dot-to-Dot, Oregon, a collection of fifty poems, travels through the cities, towns, and monuments of Oregon. Using these locales as a background, three voices narrate the author's loving but critical relationship with the state he...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Ooligan Press
(first published September 1st 2009)
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Dot-to-Dot, Oregon is a unique poetry book. The author, Sid Miller, spent about a year and a half traveling through Oregon, using the stops along the way as inspiration for his poetry. While some are focused on descriptions, others chronicle events during his travels. The poetry is very descriptive, and is an interesting look at Oregon.
As a resident of Oregon, I find this collection of poetry inspiring, making me want to wander around the state, especially to Corvallis, Ashland, and more of the coast than I have yet visited. Also, his description of Seaside, Oregon is just as I remember it. The book is brimming with lively detail.
I really liked the idea behind this collection of poems of taking a road trip through Oregon. Many of Oregon's towns and cities get through own poem based off of the author's first impressions as he drives through for a couple of hours. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Oregon and the variety it provides in scenery and people. It's also a way to get to know Oregon if you can't travel a lot.