Tishani Doshi's poem pays homage to a twelve-year-old girl who died of exhaustion last year during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Ellen Skilton – Like Every Good Thing
Ellen Skilton's poem offers poignant words that touch on a universal feeling experienced by humanity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic - the sacredness of human interaction.
Erin Pickersgill – For the Pleasure
"As the boundaries closed in, and still do, I notice that my world is large and detailed enough to locate all of my questions, and for that I am thankful."
Susan Cummins Miller – Pandemic Aubade, Sonoran Desert
Susan Cummins Miller's poem grew out of her interaction with the Sonoran Desert, and the many months she spent in solitude and contemplation at The Desert House of Prayer in Arizona.
Holly Kelso – Suspended
Holly Kelso's Suspended takes place in the space of a pause, walks during a period of isolation near the poet's home at the base of a mountain, and at the edge of both a desert and a lake.
Kurt Cole Eidsvig – Seasonal
Kurt Cole Eidsvig's poem Seasonal is an ode to the goddess Persephone whose twin connections to both spring and death provide the framework for a personal connection to distance, love, and the COVID-19 pandemic.