KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 12: Summer 2019
Haiga 14 words
Visual Art + Poem

This bird stood and stared

by George Digalakis and Gary S. Rosin

This bird stood and stared: haiga by George Digalakis and Gary S. Rosin

Haiga copyrighted © by Gary S. Rosin and George Digalakis.
Photograph, Solitary Life, copyrighted © by George Digalakis, and
poem copyrighted © by Gary S. Rosin. All rights reserved.

This bird stood and stared
too long into the distance
stone no longer sees


See also companion haiga in KF-11: This bird stands ready

George Digalakis
Issue 12, Summer 2019

was born in 1960 in Athens, Greece, where he grew up. A medical doctor by profession, he still lives and works in Athens. It was only in 2011 when he first studied photography at Photoeidolo and became acquainted with classic and contemporary photographers, that he realized this medium would offer him a gateway from reality and enable him to express his inner world.

Minimalism, both as an art movement and as a philosophy of life, has informed his work. The influence from minimalist photographers such as Michael Kenna can be seen clearly in George’s seascapes. He rarely tries to capture the moment and finds that by ignoring reality he can best convey his inner vision and underlying emotions.

His work is characterized by a square frame, a minimalistic and sometimes surrealistic approach, high contrast, order, and a peaceful, yet often sorrowful and lonesome atmosphere. He uses long exposure and Black and White to move the images further away from reality, introducing the sense of passing time and eliminating the details from the background, thus highlighting his subjects.

He has participated in a number of exhibitions around the world, and his work has been recognized in many international competitions, such as Px3, APOY, Sony World Photography Award, FAPA, etc. He has been published in various magazines and sites, including Digital Camera, Shot Magazine, Blur Magazine, Dodho Magazine, and Stark Magazine, among others.

For a detailed resume and artist’s statement, please visit George’s website:

Gary S. Rosin’s
Issue 12, Summer 2019

poetry and haiga have appeared, or are forthcoming, in various literary and poetry magazines and anthologies, including Concho River Review, Harbinger Asylum, KYSO Flash, Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga, Poetry24, Texas Poetry Calendar, Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston (Mutabilis Press), The Legal Studies Forum, Visions International, and elsewhere. His poem “Viewing the Dead” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Two of his ekphrastic 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:

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