Welcome to our ongoing series exploring isolation, exile, and “The Everyday Pandemic.” Throughout this series it is our hope to capture the daily toll of life through the pandemic from the perspective of writers and artists who are familiar with the experience of isolation or exile. With this in mind we’ve collected stories, poems, nonfiction essays, and digital art from writers and artists from all walks of life and from all around the globe. The series is co-sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of English, and the Global Studies Center — and made possible by Pitt’s Engaged Scholarship Design Fellowship.

Five Poems by Leah Falk

Five Poems by Leah Falk

About the Series: These poems are a part of our ongoing series exploring isolation, exile, and “The Everyday Pandemic.” With the arrival of COVID-19 new realities emerged. Isolation became ubiquitous. Everyday movement suddenly came with great risk. The spaces that once brought order and safety became malleable and uncertain. Throughout ...
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Four Poems / Cuatro Poemas

Four Poems / Cuatro Poemas

Jorge Olivera Castillo
Totalitarianism. The night when it is eternalaches like a knife woundfreshly sharpenedthe question is knowing (how) to survivewithout the ritual magic of the dawn. Totalitarismo. La noche cuando es eternaduele como una herida de cuchillorecién afiladola cuestión es aprender a sobrevivirsin el mágico ritual del alba. A single blow. I’m ...
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