Martin Willitts, Jr.



come here, rest in my lap — until grass is wet memory,
until wind forgets, and takes and returns
things that never happened,

come here, where ache rests, where leaves
use impossible colors, where perception of love
is in the transcription —

this water has never tasted so good,
bees find all the sacred flowers,
the sky loses its tension,

let nothing whisper in you,
let the invisible shed
into wide stances of air.


Martin Willitts Jr is a Quaker. He has three full length books "The Secret Language of the Universe" (March Street Press, 2006), and “The Hummingbird” (March Street Press, 2009), and “The Heart Knows, Simply, What It Needs: Poems based on Emily Dickinson, her life and poetry” (Aldrich Press, 2012). His forthcoming poetry books include “Waiting For The Day To Open Its Wings” (UNBOUND Content), “Art Is the Impression of an Artist” (Edgar and Lenore's Publishing House), “City Of Tents” (Crisis Chronicles Press), "A Is for Aorta" (Seven Circles Press), "Swimming In the Ladle of Stars" (Kattywompus Press),and he is the winner of the inaugural Wild Earth Poetry Contest for his full length collection “Searching For What Is Not There” (Hiraeth Press).