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Midnight in Quarantine

The coyote has long since gone but the old pit bull still barks at the edge of the chain link fence for hours without pause. I lie in...

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...

Social Distancing

When social distancing, how far: the mirage of others, ombre of their vanishing points like—and only like—a hem stained dark, dementing the spectrum with evanescent egg wash,...

How to Ruin Your Morning

Wake up knowing you have to go to work today. No. It's the NowTimes. So no one has to GO anywhere. You are someone,...

Mass Quarantine as Aquarium

Before everything shut down, we took a walk         through the fish, immune     inside their walls.           ...

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,...