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Issue 11: January 2022
Poem: 122 words
By Michel Steven Krug


The isobars 
predicted transformative snow 
that would drape white 
coats over the entire Midwest: 

some rely on statistics, but in the context 
of altered seasons, reason 
informs the reluctant. 
Fauci has no doctor/patient relationship 

with the American people. 
The collateral ex-chief signs no 
(medical) authorization, 
refuses all latent disclosures so 

it takes an octogenarian in a 
white coat 
with history and neutral numbers 
to deftly gather awareness, 

like flakes that accumulate 
until the depth is as undeniable as 
death itself 
imploring caution to mitigate 

boiling grievances. 
Skulk effortlessly around the internet, 
react to the unfit guise, 
of the wandering mental 

ellipses in this 
schism of frozen lakes, 
staying so far from each other, 
gated, cowered, waiting for the thaw. 

Michel Steven Krug
Issue 11, January 2022

is a Minneapolis poet, fiction writer, and former print journalist from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. He’s Managing Editor for Poets Reading the News (PRTN) literary magazine and he litigates.

His poems have appeared in New Verse News, JMWW, Cagibi, Silver Blade, Crack the Spine, Dash, Mikrokosmos, North Dakota Quarterly, Eclectica, Writers Resist, Sheepshead, Mizmor Anthology (2019), PRTN, Ginosko, Door Is A Jar, Raven’s Perch, Main Street Rag, and Brooklyn Review.

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