Portlandís Compromise: The Colored School 1867-1872

This work was motivated by school integration efforts in the late 1970s in Portland, Oregon, and revealed that racially-motivated educational decisions were not new to Portland (as they were not to other cities across the nation). Previously unexamined school documents were explored as was census data.

AWARDS: Helen Marie Casey's "Sprung Rhythm" was the 14th National Poet Hunt winner, judged by Thomas Lynch. Her poem, "The Loneliness of the Heart Is Forever," won The Frank O'Hara Prize of The Worcester County Poetry Association.

Contemporary poetry. Poetry of Witness.
This work is highly recommended not only to literature lovers but also to politicians, ethicists, historians, and students of international relations. It is protest poetry at its best.
Helen has two poems in The Paterson Review, "All Those Bodies" and "Aunt Helen".
These poems are part of a collection-in-progress about three generations of an Italian- Catholic family.
History
The author visits post-Civil War racial history in the school system in Portland, Oregon.
Poetry
Caseyís poems are compelling. Throughout, Caseyís lyrical voice resonates.
--Vivian Shipley
Deft. Real, honest, terse, sinewy, searing, passionate poems of emotional and sensual immediacy
--Brian Doyle