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Brendan McBreen

Brendan McBreen

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Read some of Brendan's poetry online.

Read an interview with Brendan in the Auburn Reporter.

Brendan McBreen is a poet and workshop facilitator with Striped Water Poets in Auburn Washington.

He graduated from Auburn Riverside High School, attended college at Green River Community College, the University of Phoenix, and Monash University in Australia. Once long ago he earned his black belt in karate from the American Karate Escrima Association. As a regular attendee of various poetry and literary events, (such as Burning Word, the Skagit River Poetry Festival, the SPLAB! visiting poets series, and Poets in the Park) he has taken classes presented by many notable writers including: Wanda Coleman, Diane di Prima, Christopher Howell, the incomparable Jack McCarthy, former Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken, Elizabeth Austen, and many others.

Brendan is an event coordinator with Auburn AugustFest and the Poetry at the Rainbow Café reading and open-mic series. He is a former coordinator of the August Poetry Postcard Project. And his cooking has been known to make people cry.

He writes sci-fi poetry, haiku, is a surrealist, a humorist, a Seahawks fan, an admirer of crows and cats, and a life-long collector of weirdness. He is a student of Zen and Taoist philosophy, Wicca, psychology, and various other esoteric ideas. He is a collage artist, an occasional cartoonist and sometimes still paints.

Brendan has been featured at various regional venues and published on T-shirts, as graffiti in restroom stalls, in the UK, and in numerous journals and anthologies

Cosmic Egg

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Brendan was featured in the Auburn Poet Spotlight for November 2021.

Poem from Cosmic Egg

I should have been a plumber

   —Albert Einstein
subatomic particles


on the elbow joints
of kitchen sinks

in the drain
     dead goldfish
     furious hair anemones
     a quarter
     unknown blue goo

all bouncing
in aquatic Brownian motion

     in emptiness
     in blackness

where even light
     cannot penetrate

but water knows

and the floor
     is wet

Cosmic Egg

Cosmic Egg