The fourth poem in this series—and my second “covid” poem published in Global Poemic—is “The Forgotten Mask” [original link: The Forgotten Mask – Global Poemic (wordpress.com); archival link: February 2021 – Global Poemic (wordpress.com)]. It appeared on February 24, 2021, when the Covid pandemic was nearly a year old, but the mask mandate was still fairly new. The last four words of this poem were borrowed from the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, who had sternly uttered them in a televised anti-Covid PSA.
Global Poemic is a limited-series online journal, published from May 2020 to August 2021, as a space for poets worldwide to chronicle their experience of this once-in-a-lifetime Covid Pandemic. It is still available to read in full, via Duotrope. Links to individual poems may still be available on the original WordPress website.
This reading was recorded tonight – October 31, 2022.