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Issue 12: March 2022
Poem: 108 words
By Gary S. Rosin

Cadenza for No Hands

Associated Press reports that a grand piano suddenly appeared on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay (Miami, 25 January, 2011).
 
A grand piano 
stands alone on a sandbar, 
as if on a stage, 

still caught in the spotlight 
after a recital. 

Almost, you can hear 
echoes of an audience—
a swell of murmurs, 

laughter, fading into 
silence, this sea of questions, 

this tide of wanting 
chords, breaking like waves again, 
something to tell you 

nothing is over yet, 
the song still continues. 

But you hear only 
blood, rushing in your ear, 
crossing in your mind—

interference patterns, 
ghosts and possibilities, 

the scuttling of the unseen. 

 

Gary S. Rosin’s
Issue 12, March 2022

poetry and haiga have appeared, or are forthcoming, in various literary and poetry magazines such as Concho River Review, Eastern Structures, Failed Haiku, Harbinger Asylum, KYSO Flash, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Poetry24, The Legal Studies Forum, The Lift, The Wild Word, and Visions International; as well as in several anthologies, including contemporary haibun (Volume 17, Red Moon Press, 2022), Faery Footprints (Fae Corp Publishing), Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga (Dos Gatos Press), Texas Poetry Calendar (Kallisto Gaia Press), Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston (Mutabilis Press), and elsewhere.

His poem “Viewing the Dead” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Two of his 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 at his website, 4P Creations: http://4pcreations.com

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

Out of the Haze, collaborative haiga by photographer George Digalakis and poet Gary S. Rosin, which was nominated by MacQ for the Red Moon Anthologies, and selected for publication in Contemporary Haibun 17 (Red Moon Press, 2022).

Crossing Kansas by Gary S. Rosin in The Wild Word (7 February 2020); includes audio of the poet reading his poem

Two Readings: “Apparition” and “Black Dogs” by Gary S. Rosin for Texas Poetry Calendar 2015 at the Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, Texas (20 September 2014)

 
 
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