Hawai’i became a state in August 1959
when I was still nine
I called my birthday dog
after my crush
dark-haired smooth-skinned Sandy
though no one else knew it
all these years later
though we never spoke
I have waited for her
all these years though I
have her though she may be
dead and dying and still
she leads me on straight paths
through park and wood near her
beauty temple city
she is my many-eyed
dark secret I call Love
*pronounced élay élay óhnay
Retired children’s librarian Alan Bern is a published/exhibited photographer and the author of three books of poetry. Alan is cofounder with artist/printer Robert Woods of the fine press/publisher Lines & Faces, linesandfaces.com.
Recent awards include: honorable mention for Littoral Press Poetry Prize (2021); flash fiction finalist for Ekphrastic Sex (2021); first runner-up for the Raw Art Review’s Mirabai Prize for Poetry, 2020.
Recent photos published include:
It is clear that Alan favors both hybridity and complex collaboration: he performs with
dancer/choreographer Lucinda Weaver as PACES and also with musicians from Composing Together.
Thanks to Abbe Blum for her help with this sequence.