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Issue 8: June 2021
[Updated: 7 August 2021*]
Cherita: 28 words
By Gary S. Rosin


—After a photograph by Nathan Agostini

I am Thunderstorm. 
Long, long has my lightning ruled 
this land, these oceans. 

But you are walking water, 
only sparks in the dark, 

only echoes of me.



Lightning Giant: Photograph by Nathan Agostini
[Lightning Giant] (January 2018)
Sellicks Beach, South Australia

Photograph copyrighted © by Nathan Agostini. All rights reserved.*

*Publisher’s Note (Updated):

Image is reproduced here with photographer’s permission (6 August 2021) from his Facebook gallery, N. Agostini Photography (posted 22 January 2018).

A larger image may also be viewed on Instagram.

Nathan Agostini
Issue 8, June 2021

is a self-taught amateur photographer who loves to shoot macro, animals, landscapes, seascapes, and portraits. Find more of his work on Facebook and Instagram.

Gary S. Rosin’s
Issue 8, June 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 at his website, 4P Creations: http://4pcreations.com

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

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

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