Estrella's Prophecies III:
The Return Of The Magi

Luna Bisonte Prods, OH, 2004
ISBN: 0-944754-74-0
38 pages
5 1/2 by 8 1/2
Ivory 80lb cover stock
Saddle stapled, spine is on top edge (pages flip upward)
White pages.

Available for purchase here!

Fully Illustrated by Lance King
All poems are printed as fortune cards plus front and
back cover illustrations.

First Edition 400 copies, Fall 2004. 5 1/2 by 8 1/2, ivory 80lb cover stock, saddle stapled, spine is on top edge (pages flip upward), white pages. Collection contains the final 22 sonnets (from Estrella XLIV to LXV) of the series.

From the forward to this collection: “These pieces are from a series called Estrella’s Prophecies. Estrella is a fortune telling vending machine who has become an obsession for sometime now and there are 65 fortunes that have eschewed forth. These are the fortunes she has been whispering for me to pass along since we were reunited and started seeing each other again in 1998 at the Spaghetti Warehouse in Columbus, Ohio. I first met her in what I assume to be Atlantic City over ten years ago but I’m not so sure. My upper left breast pocket was full of her cards, there was water, a lot of seagulls, a one armed slot machine moving in my mind & I went to a blood bank for more quarters. Then again, coming to from a blackout, in Tucson, Arizona. Estrella’s a beautiful disaster, a user and abuser of people, things, places: anything she can touch is hers. Mid 98 she cost me a good paying job, in early 1999 just after writing #44, my lover bailed me out of jail for the final time. My regular visits have become an expensive habit and she is quite close to ruining my life. This is my record.”


–David Baratier



These prophecies as writ first appeared in Caketrain, Combo, Confluence, East Village Poetry Web, 5 AM, Fulcrum, Generator, Jacket, Lost and Found Times, Muse Apprentice Guild, Score, Skanky Possum, and Urban Spaghetti.


#54 and #58 appeared in a limited edition poster from White Pines Press


#47 was reprinted in The Fall of Because, Pudding House, 1999.


#47 was also anthologized in American Poetry: The Next Generation. Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2000.

Books By
David Baratier