It happens this way …
Yesterday I had the pleasure of reading from my new poetry collection with two fine poets from New York at The Poetry Box’s monthly show. It was another Zoom event that brought together friends and family from around the US and Canada. I have to admit I’m loving not having to dress up, get in a car, and battle traffic and summer heat to attend poetry events. My wish is that live events will return and they will be balanced by online experiences that allow more people in more locales to attend.
In any event, I’d like to share “Mandate,” the first poem in the book. If you pre-ordered your copy, you received a broadside of this piece as well as the code that will enable you to hear me on your phone. Ah, technology!
If you still would like a copy, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with that request, and I’ll be happy to put one in the mail to you. The cover price is $16.00 and I’ll pay the postage for you. In the meantime, enjoy “Mandate.” It was written in April 2020 as we were just starting to hear about the deaths from COVID.