Looking for more good poetry to read? Start with these! There’s so much amazing work out there it’s hard to narrow down a list to ten poems, but these are the ten that I feel made the biggest impact on me this month.
To read the full poems from Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus, you’ll need to purchase a copy of the book, but it’s well worth it! All proceeds from purchases are donated to Doctors Without Borders and Partners In Health, and you’ll get to read a new poem of mine!
1. “Breaking News,” by Noah Swinney, Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus, Volume Two, May 2020.
“Later, some neighbours swear the daffodils have the weepies but it turns out just to be a runny nose.”
2. “Death in Six Acts,” by Barbara Ittner, Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus, Volume Two, May 2020.
“In neat rows of folding chairs we assemble to say good-bye to her, my blue-haired Grandmother, her face finally at rest in the wafting scent of lilies and powdered cheeks.”
3. “Only You Can Show Me Sleep,” by Alison H. Palmer, Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus, Volume Two, May 2020.
“When I know you can’t rest here anymore, I open the windows.”
4. “Social Distance,” by Susan E. Zeni, Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus, Volume Two, May 2020.
“I make myself a cup of tea, pretend the world’s okay.”
5. “A Glimpse,” by Simon Medhurst, Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus, Volume Two, May 2020.
“Conversations over tea and cake, Foisted like an overbearing aunt Drunk on the sherry at Christmas, She’ll forget it all by morning.”
6. Prompt 5 for #promptlyxinandyin (A Local Dish), by Lixin Tan @lixin.tan, Instagram, May 2020.
“My childhood sat in a china bowl of my mother’s chicken mee sua, steaming softly like her temper…”
10. “University Hospital, Boston,” by Mary Oliver, American Primitive, 1983.
“The silence continues, deep and neutral, as I stand there, loving you.”