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Covid 19 2020 – A Poetic Journal by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

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Moonstone Press has just released Diane Sahms-Guarnieri’s, Covid 19, 2020 – A Poetic Journal. 

The Chapbook is available here: https://moonstone-arts-center.square.site/product/sahms-guarnieri-diane-covid-19-2020-a-poetic-journal/294?cs=true&cst=custom 

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As sobering as Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year, when the Bubonic Plague devasted London, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri’s, Covid-19, 2020 is a grim recounting of the horrible year through which we have just lived.

Starting with the ironically named “March Madness” section, a term that usually refers to the annual NCAA basketball tournament but so succinctly captures the mass disorientation, like “a sci-fi movie, yet real,” as she notes on 3-23-2020, the journal proceeds through April, the cruelest month, mixing death and rebirth in its stew of life, into the horrific summer of 2020 –

185,000 dead in the United States by Labor Day – and into fall/winter with the mounting dead, the glimmer of hope that a vaccine may soon be available. The collection ends on New Year’s Eve, over 350,000 Americans dead under the chaotic leadership of the Trump administration, the most of any nation in the world.  Along the way, as if the pandemic were not bad enough, Sahms-Guarnieri addresses the social turmoil that tore the country apart, the racial injustice that spawned BLM.

Sahms-Guarnieri captures the fear and loneliness so eloquently in the April poem, “Nature & Mothers Weeping,” which begins:
Horrific scene played on TV—
a mother weeping & wailing
for daughter, dead. COVID-19.
Last seen alive via FaceTime:
Mom, I can’t breathe.
I, with thoughts of my only
living daughter, weep
for those whom I don’t know

The July poem, “Untouchables, for daughter, Mary,” drives the point home :
We who always embrace every time
we meet & whenever we leave each other,
came no nearer than 6 feet.
An unmeasurably cruel calculation
for me & daughter, whose hazel irises,
as life protectors, gently glided into
mine: touching, without touching,
As Defoe wrote over three centuries ago, “everyone looked on himself and his family as in the utmost danger…London might well be said to be all in tears.”

Charles Rammelkamp, author of Ugler Lee and Mortal Coil 

You can get the chapbook here: https://moonstone-arts-center.square.site/product/sahms-guarnieri-diane-covid-19-2020-a-poetic-journal/294?cs=true&cst=custom


Fox Chase Christmas Tree Lighting

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We had a fine time at the annual Fox Chase Christmas Tree Lighting in Philadelphia on Saturday. Thanks to Sally’s Flowers for the photograph.

Back from OLLI

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Thanks to Ray Greenblatt for having us at OLLI on Temple University Center City Campus. It was an attentive and knowledgeable group!

3 Poems Published at The Write Launch


The poems Home, Urban Garden and Weil-McLain Heater were just published in the November issue of The Write Launch at this link: https://thewritelaunch.com/2019/10/home-urban-garden-a-love-poem-and-weil-mclain-heater/

Sing Me Ruby Red Published at The Moving Force Journal


Sing Me Ruby Red published at The Moving Force Journal on Page 71


City of Shadow at Cleaning up Glitter

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3 poems published at Cleaning up Glitter under City of Shadow


Philadelphia Says: Women are Voting


The poem, Lets’ call it the triple X Factor, has been published in the anthology, Philadelphia Says: Women are Voting, published by Moonstone. A reading from the anthology will be held on Sunday – August 18th @ 2 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

You can find the anthology here: http://moonstoneartscenter.org/

New Poems and An Interview


New poems by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and an interview at Sequestrum. Here is the link: https://www.sequestrum.org/poetry-by-diane-sahms-guarnieri

A Great Time at Fergie’s


We had a great time at Fergie’s Pub reading for Moonstone. Thanks to Larry Robin for the invite and hosting, and to Dave Worrell our co-feature. Also to all the open mic readers. To learn more about Moonstone visit: https://moonstoneartscenter.org/

Video From Cafe Improv !

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