In early January 2000, Minnesota greeted two Texans with a winter squall. The snow started as swirls on the pavement, then fell harder. We stayed in the right lane, but cars and pickups kept speeding by in the left lane. The medians and ditches were littered with vehicles that had spun off the road. As soon as we could, we got off the freeway, and found a motel in Owatonna that still had a room.
The next morning, we drove the last leg to St. Paul, and moved into the sixteenth-floor apartment that we had sublet in a downtown high-rise.
A few days later, the Spring semester began at the law school where I was a visiting professor. The afternoon of my first class, St. Paul itself was hit with a storm, and the law school cancelled evening classes. My wife and I sat on the couch by the window, and watched the snow falling through cones of light.
In the morning, we ventured out for supplies.
after last night’s snow
the air crisp as creation
sparkles in the sun
poetry and haiga have appeared, or are forthcoming, in various literary and poetry
magazines such as Concho River Review, Failed Haiku, Harbinger Asylum, KYSO Flash,
MacQueen’s Quinterly, Poetry24, The Legal Studies Forum, and Visions
International; as well as in several anthologies, including 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
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 on his website, 4P