COVID-19 Couplets

On daily walks, we cut the neighbours swaths / Of space

Image of the poet, Jason Guriel, a man with dark hair and glasses staring into the camera and smiling slightly. The photo is black and white; the background behind him is blue.
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On daily walks, we cut the neighbours swaths
Of space. Instead of paper towel, cloths.

To touch a soul with talk—that’s now the task.
The face approaching us is mostly mask.

Jason Guriel
Jason Guriel’s latest book is the verse novel Forgotten Work (Biblioasis, 2020). His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Slate. He lives in Toronto.

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