North Station, Tokyo


Behind me, North Station tunnels
pour people from track to street,
flooding the crossing
on the pulse of changing lights
Caught in the crowd
I’m swept further into the night
and gasp at the awful, throbbing clamor of too much.
Overwhelmed by incandescence
and the surge of passing bodies
I seek a sign I can transcend.
Ahead, a man in a fedora
stops to check his phone.
My father wore a fedora-fifty years ago
and half a world away.
It is enough.


Robin Boger’s images from Cuba, Africa and Japan have been shown at the Chandler Gallery in Cambridge, MA, the Orton-Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY, the Amanda Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas, South X Southeast Photo Gallery in Molena Georgia and the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA.  She has also shown work at the Soprafina Gallery in Boston, MA, the Iris B. and Gerald Cantor Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and the Boston Public Library.  On-line presentations include:  “The Virtual Curated Shed: Projections from Pandemic in Focus” on the Social Documentary Network;  “Unexpected Cuba” in CubaSeen, Issue 03, Winter, 2020;  “The 2/22/22 Exhibition:  Pairs and Diptychs” on Lenscratch and “Highlights of NEPR” on “What Will You Remember?”

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