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In our time of Covid, a meaningful shared experience

‘Poems in the Time of Covid’ testifies not only to the wealth of talented poets locally but also to the depth of their humanity and compassion

The poet W.H. Auden wrote in his poem “In Memory of W.B. Yeats” that “poetry makes nothing happen.” But it does, one could argue to the contrary, when it moves a person to a greater awareness of the experience of being alive.

Many of the poems in Poems in the Time of Covid witness to life in the face of over 688,000 Covid casualties and counting nationwide.

They comprise the vital expression of local voices that echo in the streets and purlieus of Brattleboro and beyond with imagery, reports, conclusions, minutiae, elegies, memories, revelations, and news that stays news in an unprecedented time when we need to hear even the slightest whispers from each other.

Earlier this year, in the midst of winter, a call for submissions went out to local Brattleboro poets from the organizers of Poets Around Town, a committee comprised of Write Action members Arlene Distler, Andy Burrows, Barbara Morrison, and Toni Ortner, to write and then submit poems on the topic of writing “in the time of Covid.”...

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