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Issue 1: January 2020
Ekphrastic Poem: 88 words
By Gary S. Rosin


—After a snapshot of a photograph by Teo Kefalopoulos

Untitled snapshot of Lost in Nothingness photograph by Teo Kefalopoulos

Snapshot by Teo Kefalopoulos of his friend and fellow
photographer, Paulo Ernesto Silva, holding a framed
photograph by Teo, Lost in Nothingness *

Copyrighted © 2019 by Teo Kefalopoulos. All rights reserved.
Image appears here with permissions from Kefalopoulos and Silva.

In the gallery 
after an exhibition, 
the walls are empty. 

In a workroom, framed photos 
lie face-down on a table. 

A friend holds up 
Lost in Nothingness, framed, 
just off the wall. 

Kefalopolous takes 
a photo of his photo. 

Inside its frame, 
a derelict boat, swamped 
in an empty sea, 

hints of possibilities, 
somewhere in the distance. 

On its glass, 
reflections of empty 
tables and chairs 

float over the empty, 
waiting for the absent 

to escape from nothingness. 

*Publisher’s Notes:

1. The snapshot by Teo Kefalopoulos (snapshot is the word the photographer himself used) of his photograph above was taken after the iNstantes Festival Internacional de Fotogaphia de Avintes and posted to his Facebook page (July 2019).

2. Paulo Silva is a landscape and nature photographer based in Portugal. His award-winning photographs have been published in national and international magazines and featured in gallery exhibits. Learn more at his website:


Teo Kefalopoulos
Issue 1, January 2020

is a fine-arts photographer based in Alexandria, Greece. Learn more about his photography by visiting his website: https://www.teokefalopoulos.com/impressum

Gary S. Rosin’s
Issue 1, January 2020

poetry and haiga have appeared, or are forthcoming, in various literary and poetry magazines and anthologies, including Concho River Review, Harbinger Asylum, KYSO Flash, Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga, Poetry24, Texas Poetry Calendar, Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston (Mutabilis Press), The Legal Studies Forum, Visions International, and elsewhere. His poem “Viewing the Dead” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Two of his ekphrastic poems appear in Silent Waters, photographs by George Digalakis (Athens, 2017).

He is the author of two chapbooks, Standing Inside the Web (Bear House Publishing, 1990) and Fire and Shadows (Legal Studies Forum, 2008) (offprint). Selections of Gary’s poetry and photography can be found on his website, 4P Creations: http://4pcreations.com

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