Quarantine By Eavan Boland

Quarantine By Eavan Boland In the worst hour of the worst season of the worst year of a whole people a man set out from the workhouse with his wife. He was walking—they were both walking—north. She was sick with famine fever and could not keep up. He lifted her and put her on his […]

Quarantine By Franny Choi

Quarantine By Franny Choi Because I did not have to smell the cow’s fear,because I did not have to pin the man, watch his eyesgo feral, because I did not have to drag the stonesthat formed in the child’s body, because I did not sheathemy hands in dank soil, or skirt the machine’s battering, the […]

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Night Nurse By Craig Morgan Teicher

Night Nurse By Craig Morgan Teicher Lately we invite this stranger into our hometo watch over, like an angel or good dog,                                                                    […]

The Five Horses Of Doctor Ramón Emeterio Betances By Martín Espada

The Five Horses Of Doctor Ramón Emeterio Betances By Martín Espada Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 1856 I. The First Horse Cholera swarmed unseen through the water, lurking in wells and fountains, squirming in garbage and excrement, infinitesimal worms drilling the intestines, till all the water and salt would pour from the body, till the body became […]

When The Virus Comes By Angelo Geter

When The Virus Comes By Angelo Geter When the virus comes, Talking heads on television screens will tell you to abandon ship.  To drown yourself in a sea of isolation.  Submerge homes in lysol wipes and hand sanitizer. Engulf body in face mask and plastic glove until it becomes second nature. They will tell you […]

In The City, Quarantine By Marius Burokas

In The City, Quarantine By Marius Burokas Translated from Lithuanian by Rimas Uzgiris *** In the city, quarantineand grief. everyonewaits for the snow. on the facades, andin the streets –an indelible hideousness. witches have multiplied.they publish polishedbooksabout themselves. shamans in the gatewaysshine amulets,whose spellshave gone stale. Belarus, Poland –burning fenceseverywhere. overturned truckswith contrabandof winter. meat […]

My Daughter Quarantined In The Basement By Nicole Cooley

My Daughter Quarantined In The Basement By Nicole Cooley daughter I can’t see    daughter once of padlocked diary stickered with hearts sewing machine given by my mother    of bundled yarn   embroidery hoop    she cross-stitches in blue F*ck this shit of springform pan    daughter of 3-layer chocolate cakes   with meticulous design  […]

Early Elegy: Smallpox By Claudia Emerson

Early Elegy: Smallpox By Claudia Emerson The world has certified itself rid ofall but the argument: to eradicate or notthe small stock of variola frozen,quarantined—a dormancy it hasrefused, just once, for a woman behind a sterilelens, her glass slide a clearest, mostbecoming pane. How could it resist slippingaway with her, that discrete first pock?  Copyright […]

The Current Isolationism By Camille Rankine

The Current Isolationism By Camille Rankine In the half-light, I am mostat home, my shadowas company. When I feel hot, I push a buttonto make it stop. I mean this stain on my mindI can’t get out. How human I seem. Like modern man,I traffic in extinction. I have a gift.Like an animal, I sustain. A flock of […]

From Quarantine By Malachi Black

From Quarantine By Malachi Black Somehow I am sturdier, more shorethan sea-spray as I thicken throughthe bedroom door. I gleam of sickness.You give me morning, Lord, as yougive earthquake to all architecture.I can forget.                           You put that sugarin the melon’s breath, and it is wetwith what you are. (I, too, ferment.)You rub the hum and simple […]