Best of Irish Poetry 2009
Best of Irish Poetry 2010

Editor: Matthew Sweeney



Songs of Earth and Light

Songs of Earth and Light
Barbara Korun poems translated by Theo Dorgan



Done Dating DJs
Done Dating DJs
by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey
Winner, 2008 Fool for Poetry Competition




Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
Edited and translated by Aidan Hayes





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Devreaux Baker

Devreaux Baker’s awards include the 2014 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Prize from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, the 2011 PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry Award, three California Arts Council Awards to produce the National Public Radio Poetry Program of original writing from students, the 2012 Hawaii Council on Humanities International Poetry Prize, and the 2010 Women’s Global Leadership Poetry Prize. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received Poetry Fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Hawthornden Castle, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. She has published three books of poetry; Light at the Edge, Beyond the Circumstance of Sight, Red Willow People, a new book, Out of the Bones of Earth is forthcoming in 2015, and her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies.






Conquistador Fragments


these people believe rivers are their parents

sky also their mother and earth their father

they have no reasoning beyond the direction of flight

certain birds take


the way they offer prayers like children to spirits

of animals they have taken is most amazing

there is no reasoning with them beyond our use of

trickery and death.


we tell them horses are gods so they will fear

the shape of us

they speak the language of all animals

can call some birds to themselves

with rocks tied on lengths

of cord making a wet whizzing sound

when they twirl it above their heads

as though the air is alive with their intent


it is most strange how they are tender

with children and consult their women

on all accounts

their bodies possess no discernable smell

contrary to our own.


at night I dream all wild things

of this new land join together as one

is powerful beyond our numbers

and growing more so

circling our tents as though

their world had a heart, mind and tongue


I dream we wander for many lifetimes

lost children in some

spirit filled world




©2015 Devreaux Baker




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Devreaux Baker homepage

Interview with Devreaux Baker in Zingara Poet

'Dogs of Mexico': poem by Devreaux Baker in Arabesques

Devreaux Baker at Wild Ocean Press







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