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The New Math

March 2020 My daughter pots plants in the desert. In the desert, pandemic is elsewhere. Or that’s the theorem. If the proof is in percentages, I tell her to...

Intensive Care

No figures here but pulse, breath and pressure; no metonymy of fate but a real hand cold upon a real sheet. What could any actor speak more...

Duologue with the Pandemic

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

First a light, then–

“Tag, you’re it,” cancer says and you fall down the hole, you or someone you love. Your father, a friend from work, the wife of the youth...

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...

April 2020

The low-slung sun spreads first-light shadows on a deserted road as it slips between dark doors of locked-down stillness towards this fragile frontier-line in human closeness We doff and don and change...

This Too Shall Pass

Whatever your youngest relation says to do do it without question. If she hands you an empty bottle to wish inside then whisper whatever you can...

Zoom Fatigue

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Stay Close to the Willows

Is a country way of sayin’ remain near home, don’t venture far, keep nearby.   Once you embody shadow under the pine’s umbrella and grace the riverbank, turn around, go no farther.   A...

Ventilators in Demand

(they) don’t want    mass panicsnakes for your ankles snakes for your (body)                  everyone maybe gets their own (air pumps a...

What We Worried About

Articles written by experts told us never to rush our children, but some mornings we couldn’t help shouting at our children to Come on,...

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...