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Duologue with the Pandemic

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

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...

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...

Slight of Hand

I’ve come for you, cushion-soft instead of being wrapped, we’re loose salt and spray / solid and shadow at once a frame brightens lime when one of...

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...

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...

Dispatch

I lived on eggshells once, with my lover. I ate eggs for every meal. Listen, the lake keeps chipping into white glass. I do my best,...

Rabbit in Moonlight

Rabbit in moonlight startles as my door opens and clicks shut, but rabbit doesn’t run: it waits, poised on my lawn, interrupted. If I don’t get too close, it...

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...

To My Daughter, In the Present

If I were to tell you just one thing              in between the waves of pandemic        ...

Mourning in the Time of COVID-19

Tuesday, April 21st: “Mom’s in the ER. Dr. recommends hospice,” reads a text from my sister. My mother's dementia is not new but this message...

Capacitance

Coronary sinus that fills and releases. Cascading breath falls to basin. Small branches stretched exhaling temperamental at best. Thumbprints on frosted glass. Windows outlooking lots. Full of forgotten...