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We Have Permission

We can swim here— only fish and shells to glide with, a full alternate below-world. A single language where breath and tears are invisible, muted darkness making us all blind. There is...

Shelter in Place

The family is the chosen unit of measurement for so many things. During the pandemic, we were instructed to shelter in place, and this...

Zoom Fatigue

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Zoom Rooms

Their Apologies I apologize for the inconvenience... I apologize for not emailing sooner... I apologize for missing class... I apologize my assignment is late... I...

Harbinger

On my walk I notice a hint of yellow on the arched branches of forsythia that grow over an old rock wall— the stones handpicked for fit not...

How Lonely Sat the Town

Quarry houses like napping men flanked us. We were born on the day of other births, many other births. Inside the train tracks were the sounds...

The Last Days

In the last days, we press our dirty bodies together A new kind of prayer—and I am asking you To be honest with me, I am asking...

Love in the Time of COVID: Have Our Lives Changed Forever?...

Our little mid-century ranch, with its limestone exterior and big picture window, sits clustered together with other mid-century homes—tri-levels and A-frames—in a neighborhood that...

The First Morning of Quarantine

we are standing feet apart between thorny rose vines, some potted sapling trees. A child, unaware the rules, breathes in, chokes out, weaving too close to...

Duologue with the Pandemic

                                after Xavier Villaurrutia [first day ] No one home. In the...

Shame and Blessings at the Coin-Op

Just before the virus drifted into the world, a friend I’d recently met texted that she was nervous. Her washing machine had broken at...

Love Letters 1918

Dearest Olive: Once more I am going to the country club with Ernest Vogt, but there are about two minutes before he comes for me....