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Alan Bern: Light Unlit/Capturing the Moment

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"... I capture moments, sometimes with the camera on my phone, sometimes with a few words, and sometimes with both... And, yes, it’s often awfully familiar, but there is always something new to see... Poems, too, can capture and present these moments— especially short poems such as haiku and haiku-like poems. I capture and presents such moments in both my photographs and my poems, and sometimes I combine the two in what are called photo-haiga."

About the Author: Alan Bern is a retired children’s librarian and cofounder with artist/printer Robert Woods of Lines & Faces, an illustrated poetry broadside press/publisher, His work has recently appeared in CERASUS, Mediterranean Poetry (, Slouching Beast Journal, Feral,and Mercurius. Alan has won awards for his work, including a medal from SouthWest Writers for his story 'The Return of the Very Fierce Wolf of Gubbio to Assisi, 1943 CE [and now, 2013 CE]' and first runner-up with his poem “Boxae” for the Raw Art Review’s first Mirabai Prize for Poetry, 2020. He is the author of No no the saddest (Fithian Press), Waterwalking in Berkeley (Fithian Press), and greater distance (Lines & Faces). Alan performs with the dancer Lucinda Weaver as PACES and with musicians from Composing Together,



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