By Hank Greenspan
I am a playwright, poet, and psychologist–emeritus prof from the University of Michigan. My plays have been produced at more than 300 venues worldwide. A lot of my work [including this piece] works between genres–theatre and poetry, oral history and performance, and so on. www.henrygreenspan.com
As a retired academic–playwright and poet as well as psychologist–I have been privileged to work at home in relative safety. In all my work, I tend toward minimalism, which serves in our age of distraction. I have become closer with groups of writers (mostly poets and playwrights) who have tried to use our craft to give useful form to these maddening times. In the U.S., the ;political catastrophe is at least as deadly as the covid one, with which it is interwoven. If there is a way out, it will be grounded in justice and solidarity. I am neither hopeful nor despairing. As artists and as citizens, we do what we can do–and what we fail to do–in the piecemeal of every day.