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Christopher Bursk: The Plague in Early Spring

The first week in the first year of the plague,
when we told ourselves there was no plague,
the flowers were more than willing
to confirm our opinion.

September 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Christopher Bursk: Nor are we fit to force our way across

when I was a child
I wanted with all my heart to be the one
to suffer

August 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Soul Of The City

The owners of six small ethnic restaurants in New York City show how they’re coming back with the help of their communities after the Covid shutdown.

July 31, 2021 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: The Pandemic Blues

Everyone around here is sluggish. The young woman who checks my purchases off the conveyor belt dabs her eyes and stifles a yawn. She keeps shaking herself awake as the … Continue reading

July 25, 2021 · 7 Comments

Robert Bernard Hass: Oedipus in Thebes

When he left the palace, the streets were nearly empty
Save for the women wailing at the altar, rending air
With sobs and litanies, the smoke from their incense pots
Thick and fragrant, perfuming the shrouded dead.

July 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Systemic Racism Continues to Plague Pandemic Response

The chaotic roll-out of the vaccines has meant that people with access to the internet, reliable transportation and flexible hours have a much easier time getting vaccinated.

April 20, 2021 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: The Sports Pages of Death

Life in a Wounded and Wounding Land

March 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye & Michael Simms: Writing Prompt # 6 | Dear Vaccine

As we enter our new lives
will we remember
the faster we moved
the sicker we got?

March 27, 2021 · 5 Comments

Rachel Hadas: Holding on to hope is hard, even with the pandemic’s end in sight – wisdom from poets through the ages

As we begin to glimpse what might be the beginning of the end of the pandemic, what does hope mean? It’s hard not to sense the presence of hope, but how do we think of it?

March 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

Owen Hughes: Vaccination

After the shots
Not a fever
No side effect
Except this pause

March 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Envoi

Who will inherit
The warehouses
Of the dying?

March 21, 2021 · 14 Comments

William Petri, M.D.: How effective is the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine?

After a single dose of either vaccine, you have very high levels of protection after your body has time to build immunity, about a week. The scheduled second dose of these vaccines makes them even more effective.

March 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: States Dismantle COVID-19 Safety Protocols at Our Peril

Many policy makers have completely forgotten the deadly consequences of last spring’s abrupt, premature ending of lockdowns.

March 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

Rajan Menon: A Covid-19 Hell on Earth

How This Country Fails Its Most Vulnerable: A Field Guide to Our Threadbare Social Safety Net.

February 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

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