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Issue 7: March 2021
Poem: 57 words [R]
+ Visual Art: Photograph
By Gary S. Rosin



Butterly Iris No. 2: Photograph by Gary S. Rosin
Butterfly Iris No. 2

Copyrighted © 2013 by G. Rosin
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I can’t remember 
anything that happened 
before I awoke—

only this feeling, this sense 
that something came before 

turned into combustion—
fire, feeding itself, 

plant, becoming animal, 
petals, becoming wings, 

becoming this yearning 
to drink the morning dew, 
dance and dance and dance, 

until I forget these roots, 
and become only light, 

only this radiance.


—Poem published previously in Texas Poetry Calendar 2013 (Dos Gatos Press, 2012); appears here with author’s permission.

Gary S. Rosin’s
Issue 7, March 2021

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 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 on his website, 4P Creations: http://4pcreations.com

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