Western Voices: Lorraine Caputo

Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 150 journals in Canada, the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa; 12 chapbooks of poetry – including Caribbean Nights (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014), Notes from the Patagonia (dancing girl press, 2017) and the upcoming On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019); and 18 anthologies. Caputo has done over 200 literary readings, from Alaska to the Patagonia. She travels through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth.


I hear the thunder
& before it
I stop, I still
my self,
telling Changó
I am here

It sounds like an aeroplane
flying so high, its roar
reverberating off the clouds

                        To what distant lands
                        shall I travel?
            My thoughts begin to stray
            the thunder rolls closer
            to my mind

It sounds like a battle
between celestial forces
tremendous blows,
nuclear explosions

                        What challenges
                        must I yet face?

It now rides off
into the distance

Catbird & other songs
fill this calmer morn
yet bathed
by the rain


In the waning
half-moon sky
stars slide
over the gently
undulating horizon
of the treeless
Patagonian plain
seeped by the deep chill
of this autumn night

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