A downloadable chapbook

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A chapbook of 18-or-so poems, across 14 pages + full-color cover and back-cover. I wrote this during the last week before my library closed, and then while in self-quarantine due to exposure to someone exhibiting COVID-like symptoms.

Inside you will find fantasies about the lives of squirrels, moments from the library, facts about frogs, Hebrew etymology, the wisdom of King Solomon, romantic longing, and many ways that I try to find hope in evidence of the passage of time. None of the poems are directly about COVID-19, but like in real life, it's impossible to not see it lurking in the background.

There are two downloadable PDF files. One has one page per page, and is compressed and formatted for digital reading such as on a phone. The other, labeled "for print" has each page as a two-page spread and is intended to be printed out on landscape US-letter sized paper.

At some point an audio recording of this chapbook will become available on my Patreon: https://patreon.com/shelraphen

Please leave a comment with your thoughts! I love getting feedback. Also I highly encourage you don't pay anything if you don't want to I'd rather you read it than get money.

Release date Mar 31, 2020
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
Tagschapbook, covid19, poetry
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution_ShareAlike v4.0 International
Average sessionAbout an hour
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly
LinksPatreon, Homepage


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

poems that are not about coronavirus disease 2019 (digital).pdf 5 MB
poems that are not about coronavirus disease 2019 (for print).pdf 5 MB


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My favorites are def 3 and 11a so far! I love the writing, there is really good natural feeling world building !!!!! :) a very happy purchase that I look forward to diving into more :)

Thank you!!!! <3 I'm really glad you like it.

I like any poem that begins "There’s no mayonnaise..."

What age of Mac was "Kid Pix" from? I was a little late to the scene (my first machine ran 10.6 Leopard --gotta miss the big cat names)

Appreciated how some poems had an "a"- and "b"-side

Kid Pix was originally for monochrome Macintosh system 6, but the version I referenced in the poem was actually Kid Pix 2 for Macintosh OS 9 https://www.macintoshrepository.org/747-kid-pix-2

I should use Itch.Io more often. So cool that a site like Macinstosh Repository exists to preserve older software. Thanks for sharing!