By Guest Contributor Jorge Antonio Vallejos, cross-posted from Black Coffee Poet
There’s a new zine out that’s kick ass: “Broken Arrow”. Its fifty-two pages are comprised of poems, plays, short stories, photos, and artwork; all of which bring the reader to the many different lives of its twenty-eight contributors.
For the last year, Toronto writer Emily Pohl-Weary has given a weekly workshop to the men at the Sagatay Native Mens Residence in Toronto’s west-end with the final result being “Broken Arrow”.
In her introduction to “Broken Arrow” Weary writes, “Working with the writers at Sagatay for the past year has been the highlight of my life. Each Thursday, my mind came alive with new ideas and stories. I could be having the most difficult, busy week, but after spending a morning with them, suddenly life felt manageable again. I only needed to take time to slow down and appreciate the power of sharing our stories.”
Everyone has a story but not everyone is willing to share his or her story. The men at Sagatay don’t hold back. Honesty, bravery, and humility are displayed throughout the pages of “Broken Arrow”. Whether writing of street life, different forms of abuse, loves lost, and the ever present colonization of Turtle Island now known as Canada, these men shoot arrows at their targets with perfect aim.