[05/31/2022] Love Poems in Quarantine by Sarah Ruhl
Copper Canyon Press, paperback
Publication Date: May 31, 2022
Publisher Marketing: Writing from and toward “the endless desire / to be at home in the world,” Sarah Ruhl wroteLove Poems in Quarantineto mark the passage of time when all familiar landmarks disappeared. From the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic, to the murder of George Floyd, to months of simultaneous quarantine and protest, this is—in free verse and form, lamentation and meditation—a book of days, a survival kit for spiritual malady. These poems find small solace in domestic absurdities. Even in global crisis, there is the laundry. The dog rolls in something putrid, the child interrupts a Zoom meeting, and dinner must get made, again and again. Using language to travel and touch when bodies could not, Ruhl has drawn with great care a portrait of a year unlike any other in history.