I wrote a series of two pandemic related poems for my Documentary Poetry class with Professor Lee Peterson. The first, titled “Blur,” travels through the rapid movements of the pandemic and state-wide shutdown. It touches on four main themes related to Dorthea Lange’s photography for the Farm Security Administration during the Depression Era. Those include cooking, sleeping, praying, and socializing. I utilize statistics within my writing to express the devastation of COVID-19, while highlighting the behaviors of personal experience and society as they form a new sense of normality amidst the ongoing pandemic.
My second poem, “How Does a Ventilator Work,” is divided into two sections. This poem consists of two forms of poetry. The first section is an erasure piece that defines the function of ventilators, while the second part is an ekphrastic poem based on a painting by Caspar David Friedrich, titled “Monk by the Sea.” It compares this painting with the spread of COVID-19 through a patient's lungs. There is a shift to dialogue between stanzas to express a change in tone from diagnosis to fatality.
Both poems look at COVID-19 through different perspectives. One deals with society and the isolation brought on by the pandemic, while the other focuses on the medical and fatal realities of the illness. Immersing myself on both sides helped me create more sympathetic and relatable work. COVID-19 has affected everyone in it’s own way, so it is only right to pay homage to this historical event with poetry.
|Work Title||Pandemic Series|
|License||In Copyright (Rights Reserved)|
|Deposited||April 05, 2021|
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