The Hazmat Suit

Chengdu, December 2022 8 am knocking on the door. It’s aggressive. Flashbacks to when I stayed in the Chinese hospital in Shanghai for my foot surgery. “zuo he suan!” (do the pcr!) a woman’s voice calls. I stumble out of bed, turning on the light, first thought, barely awake – mask. Must find mask. Once…

Mirroring parallels

Recently I (I had originally written “quite by chance”, yet everything is a butterfly effect, leading me to this point in time and space now) found myself looking at the poetry of my father’s supervisor during his studies in English Literature at Cambridge, the prolific British poet Jeremy Prynne. Looking at Prynne’s poetry was a…

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