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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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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Pam Wells
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read poetry of various kinds, but I have to say my favorite kind is the poetry of place. Poetry may be the ideal medium to evoke a sense of place. You don’t have to say very much, but what you do say has to count. You have to nail it.

I think Sid Miller pretty much nails it in these poems. Not only does he capture where he’s been—where he is—he makes it personal. These fifty poems aren’t just about places, they’re about himself, about his relationship with his wife, and about how this place (w
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Lisa Hein
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dot-to-Dot, Oregon by Sid Miller is a charming poetry collection centered around different locations throughout the state of Oregon. I love poetry that grounds itself in place, and as someone who has spent a lot of time on road trips, I felt that Dot-to-Dot was a natural fit for me as a reader. The poems in the collection are all named after an Oregonian town or landmark; in an endearing introduction, Miller explains that he was inspired to write the collection after realizing he hadn’t explored much of the sta ...more
Siri Vegulla
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This collection of poems by Sid Miller stood out from other poetry books I read for two reasons: the poems have a unifying theme but not the same agenda. They are inspired by the author's travels through the state of Oregon and although each poem is named after a place, not all of them are about the place. The topics of the poems range from the author's experiences to historical monuments. And then there are poems that leave you wondering what the author is talking about.
I can't say if I l
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Maeko
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Poetry is not a genre I have ever found myself picking up for pleasure reading, but as a person who loves travel, Dot-To-Dot, Oregon felt like the right fit. I loved the way Sid Miller captured each of the towns along the route and I even found myself wanting to jump in the car and follow his path. This is a great companion book for anyone travelling through Oregon, especially because it feels like a scavenger hunt — the reader trying to picture the town exactly as the author intended. This coll ...more
Ari Mathae
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This short, poetic road trip is delightful. Having lived in Oregon my entire life, it was really fun to read through and be able to point out places I recognize and know. This is such a cool way to share my home with people!
Amanda
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dot-to-Dot, Oregon is a genuine collection of poetry. Sid Miller's brilliantly contrived road trip through the state of Oregon is a captivatingly written foray into both places and emotions. The poems derived from each pitstop not only reflect physical elements of each location, but even more so reflect upon Miller's response to these elements. The reader feels a part of each stop, sitting next to Miller and his wife at the bar; watching the rainbow colors reflected in a pool of water; anxiously await ...more
William York
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes small bites are the most savory ones.

Personally, I feel that poetry should be a part of everyone’s everyday life. Though I’ll admit that even for someone who loves poetry as much as I do, an everyday habit can be a challenge. Oddly, stopping for coffee seems to be a twice daily habit that requires so little effort.

You would think that something that so draws up and gathers the soul, caresses it, fills it, and then releases ever so gently, and yet, our soul is so greatly re
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Gloria Mulvihill
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Poetry and travel is a lovely combination. Sid Miller really nailed it with this collection. I found myself drawn to the poems about La Grande, Eugene, Portland, Salem, Molalla, and Crater Lake. My favorite line in the entire collection comes from the poem titled "Portland" and it reads,

"You were taught never to go anywhere / without nouns—abstraction is a blind man / in the desert."

This line remained with me throughout my perusal of the rest of the collection. Miller has a talent f
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Kirstie
Jan 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
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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.
S.
Dec 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Whitney
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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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.
Koa
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this collection of poems quite a lot. Each poem is named after a town/city in Oregon and is either about the authors experiences while visiting the locale, or about the place itself. I loved the vivid imagery Miller uses and enjoyed seeing my beloved state through someone else's eyes.
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New summer plan: drive around Oregon using Dot-to-Dot Oregon as my trip planner! I love Oregon and yet after 36 years, Dot-to-Dot Oregon uses words to explore the places I thought I knew. How fun would it be to take a trip using these routes, stopping at wonderful new corners, reading these poems along the way? Each section begins with a geographical look at where the towns are in relation to each other, and could be used to plan a fun day or weekend trip. Miller's poems are easily accessible an ...more
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