Lunch at Twofish

Alan Bern

under lifting mists

the chicken mushroom soup

is still too hot—

nearby those lovers

cannot stop kissing

their wrists

barely touch

Retired children’s librarian Alan Bern’s poetry books: No no the saddest and Waterwalking in Berkeley, Fithian Press; greater distance, Lines & Faces, his press with artist and printer Robert Woods, Alan earned runner-up in The Raw Art Review's “The John H. Kim Memorial Short Fiction Prize” for 'The alleyway near the downtown library'; he won a medal in 2019 from SouthWest Writers for a WWII story set in Italia; he also won the 2015 Littoral Press Poetry Prize; and his poem “Boxae” was first runner-up for the Raw Art Review’s first Mirabai Prize for Poetry, 2020. Recent published photos:, and Alan performs with dancer/choreographer Lucinda Weaver as PACES and with musicians from Composing Together,


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