The setting sun
explodes inside a puffball—
not a breath of breeze.
The fire draws you closer,
fills your face with wonder,
whispers inside your soul.
—After a photograph by Hallgrimur P. Helgason, Gló-kolla
Copyrighted © 2016 by Hallgrimur P. Helgason. All rights reserved.
(Image was posted previously to the photographer’s Facebook gallery,
Iceland Photos, on 8 July 2016; and appears here with his permission.)
is a landscape and nature photographer who lives in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he shoots
the Northern Lights from the back door of his house.
Learn more about his work at
on Instagram, and via the links below.
⚡ Giant Phoenix Captured in Stunning Aurora Borealis Iceland Show,
EnviroTREC (15 August 2019); about one of Helgason’s photographs that
⚡ How do professionals photograph the northern lights in
Iceland? (“Landscape photographer Hallgrimur P. Helgason tells us his
best tips on how to photograph the northern lights in Iceland”), by Juan Martinez
in the blog Traveler’s Buddy (2 April 2017)
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)
Selections of Gary’s poetry and photography can be found at his website,
4P Creations: http://4pcreations.com
Crossing Kansas by Gary S. Rosin in The Wild Word
(7 February 2020); includes audio of the poet reading his poem