Love this? Leave a Tip at paypal.me/waxpoetryart.
Mention this poet, John C. Mannone, to award them 50% of the Tip.

Newspaper

It’s often just in black and white,
my first thoughts. I will save, hoard
the old news for emergency reading
in the bathroom during the pandemic
because there’s a deficiency of toilet
paper and it is gratifying when I wipe
my mind clean of the partisan news
with so many unkind words that kill
the human spirit as much as the disease.
I want to read about winning the war
against the virus, about the emergency
first responders, the overworked nurses
and the diligent doctors demonstrating
what their oath really means. Tell me
about the minimum wage workers
who disinfect a thousand hospital beds
so we can have a clean place to die.


Biography
John C. Mannone has poems appearing/accepted in the 2020 Antarctic
Poetry Exhibition,
North Dakota Quarterly, The Menteur, Blue Fifth
Review
, Poetry South, Baltimore Review, and others. His poetry won the
Impressions of Appalachia Creative Arts Contest (2020). He was
awarded a Jean Ritchie Fellowship (2017) in Appalachian literature and
served as celebrity judge for the National Federation of State Poetry
Societies (2018). His latest collection,
Flux Lines: The Intersection of
Science, Love and Poetry
, is forthcoming from Linnet’s Wings Press
(2020). He edits poetry for
Abyss & Apex and other journals. A retired
physics professor, he lives near Knoxville, Tennessee.

http://jcmannone.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/jcmannone

Get the Limited-Edition Poetry Card for this Poem
Enjoy reading this poem in print by purchasing
the numbered, limited-edition poetry card.
(This format is similar to a booklet-sized
greeting card). Shipping fee comprises 30%
of price shown. Choose the PayPal button that
corresponds to your mailing address, or the
recipient's address, if a gift.

Previously published in
Eleventh Transmission:
"Doctor: A Warrior" by Chandana L. Reddy.

Published April 20, 2020

45 Poems of Protest: The Pandemic

Newspaper

by John C. Mannone
(Niota, Tennessee, USA)
45 Poems of Protest: "Newspaper" by John C. Mannone
Advertisement
Go to waxpoetryart.com / See the Newest Work
Eleventh Transmission - Menu
Submissions
Categories of Work
Poetry
All
Main Page
About
45 Poems of Protest
Eleventh Transmission on Facebook
Eleventh Transmission on Facebook
Eleventh Transmission on Facebook
Canada
USA
Outside Canada & USA
$12
USD
$10 USD
$10 CAD
£9.5
GBP
or
Advertisement
45 Poems of Protest: The Pandemic - eleventhtransmission.com - image shows pills arranged to spell, 'COVID-19'.
45 Poems of Protest: The Pandemic - eleventhtransmission.com - image shows pills arranged to spell, 'COVID-19'.
Advertisement
waxpoetryart.com's Email List
Send an email to
info@waxpoetryart.com
with the message, "Join".
This website and all contents
©
Kirk Ramdath and specified
artists.
Get the Bookmark / Sticker Combo
Poetry heart logo - click to buy the bookmark and sticker combo
Show the World Your Love for Poetry
2020 Poetry Champions Cup Winner: Click this image to go to the purchase screen for the Limited Edition Poetry Card. Image shows a fountain pen.