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In the Time of Virus

Series of poems exchanged between poets via e-mail


# 6


Penis Envy Is No Linger a Thing In Kansas City I am self-quarantined, 

Addled by coffee and Copenhagen,

Watching from a window the cat,

Two sparrows, a poem like a hat. 

Peter Matthiessen sits on my nightstand. 

His snow leopard could care less

About Kansas, about the next breath

I take. We are all time’s vitamins,

The moon’s supplement. This morning 

I ate bacon and scrambled eggs. 

I jump started my motorcycle 

As if tomorrow was a given.


- Al Ortolani




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