Brandon Pitts… Magdalene (for Rebbeca Brooksher)



              for Rebecca Brooksher


in a stone garden I have sat


I had visions of you as a child
              a dark madonna, sans the suckling babe


you would answer the calls of the priests each Wednesday
              in the evening . . . their time


then I travelled
              from the high country to the sea


to teach them religion
              and you no longer had to suffer their ways


now . . . your body will feel the touch
              of one who is rightly guided


and you will know that love comes
              from some other place


for deep down inside
              when that daemon of self destruction


lies dormant and asleep
              you will hear whisper of your worth


then I will call you Magdalene
              and together . . . we will be


Prolific novelist, poet, lyricist, and playwright,Brandon Pitts is the author of the poetry collection, Pressure to Sing (IOWI), the play, Killcreek (IOWI – 2013 Toronto Fringe), and the novel, Puzzle of Murders (Bookland Press). In 2011, he was selected for inclusion in the prestigious Diaspora Dialogues as an Emerging Voice and has been widely anthologized.

Copyright © 2014 by Brandon Pitts




Raul Sanchez… Poets Totem Pole


Poets Totem Pole

If I could carve a Poet’s Totem Pole
I’d put Walt Whitman on the base
above him, Blake with wings—

one wing with Keats,
the other with Byron
above them a big usquebaugh

bottle with Dylan Thomas face
in the middle
above, an eagle with the face

of Pablo Neruda
his hands will be holding
paper on one a pen on the other

above Neruda
will be Martin Espada
holding a sword

and a microphone—
above them
Jack Mc Carthy

with both arms up
in the air
and a stern look

into your eyes
my eyes, his eyes
as if performing

at a slam
pausing without
telling us anything


Raúl Sánchez is a Seattle Bio-Tech technician, eschatologist, colletic, prosody enthusiast, hamartiologist, translator, DJ, and cook who conducts workshops on The Day of the Dead. He was featured in the program for the 2011 Burning Word Poetry Festival in Leavenworth WA. His most recent work is the translation of John Burgess’ Punk Poems in his book Graffito. He has been a board member of the Washington Poets Association and is a moderator for the Poets Responding to SB 1070 Facebook page.

Copyright © 2014 by Raul Sanchez