Books & Selected Online Works

Power Made Us Swoon (Red Hen Press, 2016)

“It is not easy to be austerely uncertain and open-hearted at the same time, but Brynn Saito pulls it off beautifully. These strong poems are a reckoning imbued with a peculiarly western American light, gathered out of the very air between the farm towns of the Central Valley and the internment camp at Manzanar. It is a light loyal to acceptance."

— David Rivard

The Palace of Contemplating Departure (Red Hen Press, 2013)

“This is a sacred internal travel, carving its mighty shadow on the world. How vibrant is the voice of Brynn Saito; how angelic, bestial, seductive, and divine. An offering of the highest order, written in sanctuary, a promise on the tongue, a litany of urgent prayers.”

— Tina Chang

Bright Power, Dark Peace (Diode Editions, 2016) 

“Readers are guided through the ruins of a city, and perhaps a society. In this exquisite collaboration, from the ruins are the possibilities. From the unsalvageable, what will save. The magic of Saito and Brimhall’s lyricism returns what was thought to be lost into what is, for certain, miraculous.”

— Oliver de la Paz

Poems & Essays Online

 

NEW POEMS

"How to Prepare the Mind for Lightning," in Poets.org (with audio)

"February 19, 1942" in Waxwing Literary Journal (nominated for Bettering American Poetry)

"Who Ate Fire" in the East Bay Review (nominated for Best of the Net)

"Theses on the Philosophy of History" in Waxwing Literary Journal

"River Through" in Poemeleon

"November 9, 2016" in Waxwing Literary Journal

"Things I Never Knew I Loved" in Discover Nikkei

 

POEMS FROM POWER MADE US SWOON

"Stone in the Desert Camp, 1942" in The San Francisco Chronicle (video of reading)

"Stone on Watch at Dawn" in the NY Times.

"Elegy with a Blue Wing" in Muzzle (audio included); nominated for Sundress Best of the Net Anthology

3 poems at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact

"Like Any Good American" in Poets.org's

 

POEMS FROM THE PALACE OF CONTEMPLATING DEPARTURE

"The Palace of Contemplating Departure

"Match" in Verse Daily

"Stone" in Southern Indiana Review

"Mercy Me" in Waccamaw

"Trembling on the Brink of a Mesquite Tree" in Verse Daily

"Avignon, Early Summer," in Virginia Quarterly Review

"Winter, Ithaca," in Virginia Quarterly Review

"Alma, 1942" in Hyphen Magazine (audio only)

"Shape of Fire," in Verse Daily 

 

ESSAYS & ARTICLES

 "Army of Monk" in Killing the Buddha

"Peace, Bells, Cuttings: Bravery, Energy, and Emotion in Poetry," in The Drunken Boat

"California Yonsei Lead Memory Work," in Pacific Citizen

 

CO-WRITTEN WORK

diode

The Collagist

2 more in diode

"On Collaboration" in 32 Poems