#FlattenTheCurve: The New Improved Deadly Disease by Laurinda Lind

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It’s a photo-negative
future, it’s like pick
the wrong page,
like a good
boyfriend
gone to seed away
across the country,

couldn’t that
have come out better, how
for example
could he want
a worse president,
he couldn’t, we would
have canceled each other out

like matter
and antimatter,
still with this
killer strain
escaped to everywhere
from some lab
or leached
out of polar ice

or what else,
it’s sure as shit
not Satan, every hour
with more dead, some days
his state wins, some
days mine does,

this week I set
my hair on fire just
by standing
too close to the stove.
It’s like that. It was perfectly fine,
then gone.

 

 

Laurinda Lind lives in New York’s North Country. Some publications/acceptances are in Blue Earth Review, Midwest Quarterly, New American Writing, Paterson Literary Review, and Spillway; also anthologies Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan (New Rivers Press) and AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss and Grief (Radix Media).

#FlattenTheCurve: They Spent All Their Energy and for What by Laurinda Lind

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As if it were a ghost-bat wrung from the rafters
of the house they handed
down to me, my grandparents gave

me the gene for this fear, a noose numbered
nineteen eighteen when he, a heron
of long legs and ratty lungs, stood in the street
flocking with healthy friends who were dead the next day,

and she, a hummingbird whose heart held only
so much machinery, nested at home

and watched out the window in her head while a wagon

ripe like the rot of the river drove by every day pulled
by panic and loaded with the bodies
of the no-longer-living. Yet somehow these two specimens

survived, and they look on with the pallid curiosity of
the permanently safe to see whether we will, too.

 

 

Laurinda Lind lives in New York’s North Country. Some publications/ acceptances are in Blue Earth Review, Midwest Quarterly, New American Writing, Paterson Literary Review, and Spillway; also anthologies Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan (New Rivers Press) and AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss and Grief (Radix Media).

#FlattenTheCurve: Pandemic Positions, Tour of TV Stations a Few Weeks In by Laurinda Lind

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It can just, you know, eat
its way through your upper
epithelial layer. We need
thirty thousand of them,
the government has twelve.
That’s officially not a dry cough.
It’s not true about eating
a bunch of garlic. The numbers
are getting so big, I saw
the spirit of heaven descending
like a dove. You’ll be taught
to sit and repeat a sacred word.
You have to call those things
which be not. Think of
the coronavirus as blue paint.
You can go from being chained
to a tank to being free to live
the life you want. The media
has been much nicer, but I
shouldn’t say that. Like
there’s these expectations,
try not to hold any.

3/19/20: Sources: CSPAN, WPIX, AMVO, NEWSY, WPIX again, BIBLE, EWTN, TBN, OWN, RENEW, WVNA, STDIO

 

 

Laurinda Lind lives in New York’s North Country. Some publications/acceptances are in Blue Earth Review, Midwest Quarterly, New American Writing, Paterson Literary Review, and Spillway; also anthologies Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan (New Rivers Press) and AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss and Grief (Radix Media).