Pandemic Poetry & Art Healing Project
Working at Home, Day 31
All in our Zoom windows. Heads,
bookshelves, the tops of plants.
Most of us looking down, harsh
lighting, ceiling vents. Waiting
for the meeting to start. I miss
seeing the doodles the quiet ones
constructed like steel-gauge
bridges, frothy blue-ink lattice
supporting the margins, that
little subversion, the hand
recording in code, right
where we all could see it.
About This Project:
I haven’t been able to write anything but pandemic poems the past few months. The only other topic that seems worthy of poetry right now is racism, the other epidemic that our nation is dealing with disastrously. Nothing I write seems quite adequate while the body of the country rages with its fevers. Still, writers write. We use what’s around us. Not to write would be worse.
Amy Miller’s writing has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Gulf Coast, Tupelo Quarterly, ZYZZYVA, and several anthologies. Her poetry books include The Trouble with New England Girls (Concrete Wolf) and I Am on a River and Cannot Answer (BOAAT Press). She lives in Ashland, Oregon.
About the painting:
This acrylic painting is based off of the poem “Working at Home, Day 31.” Just like the poem, it includes sentiment of the loss of personality during interactions that are limited to solely through screen. It also expresses the fiery tension that is escalating in our world to accompany the pandemic. This painting has multiple meanings, and is open to various interpretations.
I’m from Hot Springs, Arkansas, and am just about to enter college as a freshman. Art has always been one of my favorite things to spend my time doing, so this project was a perfect way for me to express my thoughts during the current events!
You can read more about Rachel here, where she has been featured in HER Magazine.