PANDEMIC LOVE ANTHOLOGY – THE READINGS: SOUND FILES & VIDEOS

Andres Rojas Reads:

Time (an excerpt):

for logged spodosol to green
       again

for the wild sunflowers to tilt
       towards their daily star

for the bobcat’s ears to lean
       into what’s coming:

TIME (the video):

Andres Rojas is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Third Winter in Our Second Country (Trio House Press). His poems have appeared in, among others, AGNI, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Diode, Massachusetts Review, New England Review, and Poetry Northwest.


Elisabeth Horan reads:

Soft Ghost Sonnet

May softness be your heart’s new home
may it bring more joy than I’ve become –
myriad cut & stab of blood, wears it thin;
surely becomes woven thread of skin
and bone, bone the heft – the honed handle
a hunter’s needed murder manacle.
Rip one out of the leg and sharpen;
sew a jacket from death, of tartan;
the hell I will; I’ve you to love! I’ve you
to cover, smother my dove, love me true
don’t be frightened of this delirious heart
I dragged it along, much easier on a cart
Eager to bring these tidings back home:
soft ghosts: I needn’t die to be a good mum  –

Soft Ghost Sonnet

from Twentieth Anniversary

Tell me when we could talk –
when would it be best to bring up
Tell me when we could talk –
when would it be best to bring up
the idea of us playing house again;
How it is you could leave for work
and not bend me over, and kiss me,
gallantly, first; our baby dolls cry
inside our house, they miss you,

Twentieth Anniversary

Elisabeth Horan is an imperfect creature from Vermont, advocating for animals, children and those suffering alone and in pain – especially those ostracized by disability and mental illness.  She is Editor-in-Chief at Animal Heart Press and Co-Editor at Ice Floe Press. Her newest collection, The Mask, is available from (Broken Spine Arts, 2021).  She has numerous collections and chapbooks published by Fly on the Wall Press, Cephalo Press, Twist in Time Press, Moonchild Magazine, and Animal Heart Press (co-authored with Adedayo Agarau). She is a poetry mentor to many up and coming brilliant poets, and proud momma to Peter and Thomas. She has an MA in English from SNHU and her MFA in Poetry from Lindenwood University. Twitter: @ehoranpoet, Website: www.ehoranpoet.com.


Bunkong Tuon
No One Asked but They Did It Anyway

During a power outage they dropped off
camping lantern and wool blankets,

offered home to recharge smart phones.
No one asked them. But they did it anyway.

Bunkong Tuon is a Cambodian-American writer and critic. He is the author of Gruel, And So I Was Blessed (both published by NYQ Books), The Doctor Will Fix It (Shabda Press), and Dead Tongue (a chapbook with Joanna C. Valente, Yes Poetry). He teaches at Union College, in Schenectady, NY. Twitter: @BunkongTuon.


Banner Art: Reconstruct, a VISPOglitch by Robert Frede Kenter. Twitter @frede_kenter

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