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Poem and photography by Bob MacKenzie

abstract, black and white curls, in expanding layers, image by Amy, on Pixabay

abstract black and white curls, image by Amy, on Pixabay

Saint Nicholas in earlier days,

a student hunches green garbage bag

laundry along lifting morning haze

on University Avenue,

less Netherlands than Greece reflected

in dark, tightly curling locks and beard,

springtime sunshine haloed, affected

only by his inner need to know.

How many springtime days and nights

and summers and falls must pass before

this face reflects the snow and delights

only in children’s passing fantasies?

(Previously published in ASH: arts sciences humanities)


a great blue heron standing on a log above the water, the tones are beige, greys, and some black, photo by Bob MacKenzie has a painting-like quality

great blue heron, photo by Bob MacKenzie


dilapidated wooden walkway through shrubbery, photo by Bob MacKenzie

the boardwalk, photo by Bob MacKenzie


misty pathway through the woods, under a canopy of twisted tree limbs, photo by Bob MacKenzie

the mists of time, photo by Bob MacKenzie


Bob MacKenzie grew up near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in rural

Alberta with artist parents. His father was a professional photographer and

musician and his mother a photo technician, colourist, and painter. Raised

in this environment, he developed a natural affinity for photography and for

the intricacies of language. He lives and writes in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Bob’s writing has appeared in more than 400 journals across North America

and as far away as Australia, Greece, India, and Italy. He has published

nineteen volumes of poetry and prose-fiction and his work has appeared

in numerous anthologies. He's received numerous local and international

awards for his writing as well as an Ontario Arts Council grant for literature,

a Canada Council Grant for performance, and a Fellowship to attend the

Summer Literary Seminars in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Bob MacKenzie

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