“As I pointed out in the poem,” Pfingston says, “I’m impressed with the boldness and the talent behind much of the graffiti on the buildings south of the Patterson Drive bridge."

“As I pointed out in the poem,” Pfingston says, “I’m impressed with the boldness and the talent behind much of the graffiti on the buildings south of the Patterson Drive bridge.”

Roger Pfingston is a retired English and journalism teacher who taught at Bloomington High School North for 25 years. He has been quietly publishing his poetry and pictures in leading literary and photographic journals for five decades

BY CARMEN SIERING

Reading the titles, it’s easy to see that the subjects of Roger Pfingston’s poems are unassuming: “Farmers’ Market and the B-Line Trail,” “Flower,” “The Deer Poem.” The images he captures through his camera lens — leaves and rocks and puddles — are equally ordinary. However, in the hands of this Bloomington poet-photographer, the seemingly simple becomes sublime.

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