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Contributions by Karen Llagas:

“From a Lighthouse Keeper”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Poet Karen Llagas: …I wrote this poem out of disappointment that modern technology has made lighthouse keepers completely unnecessary, and this poem may have romanticized them somewhat—I think that she may also have picked up on this, and on the speaker’s longing and sense of obsolescence. Artist Helen Beckman Kaplan: I love the mood, which is both suggestive and dreamy but within a framework of practicality.

Poet Karen Llagas was raised in the Philippines and currently lives in San Francisco where she works as a teacher and an interpreter. Artist Helen Beckman Kaplan is a painter from Brooklyn who was educated at Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, Indiana University and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

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