By Susan Wurtzburg
Susan J. Wurtzburg is a retired academic, and lives in Hawai‘i. She writes between outdoor activities, and socializing online, while she waits for the pandemic to diminish.
The U.S.A. has been hit by two major problems: Covid-19, and the Trump presidency. The combination has been challenging for everyone, and national political incompetence decreased and continues to affect the states’ abilities to deal with the pandemic. The outcomes are well known: wage loss, homelessness, repression, hunger, illness, and death. As a result, everyone I know has been massively stressed. My emotional health has been improved by writing poetry, and I am thankful to have found a collaborative group online (Rat’s Ass Review Workshop), which has provided a supportive writing community at a time when I desperately needed this. Immersing myself in the creative process helps to distract me from current events, and also provides an outlet for my political commentary. Writing allows me to voice the pain of 2020, and to consider life experiences thoughtfully, despite the chaos of living in the U.S.A.