In the midst of all the craziness that was the year 2020 I was invited to contribute to a community poem about the most obvious issue in front of me: the pandemic. The invitation arrived in early May, but I was working far too much and did not respond until late May. Happily, that was in time. I was one of 220 poets who contributed. The hard work of crafting all that into a poem was done by R. G. Rader, and it took them three months.
You can read or hear it at this website: http://www.musepiepress.com/pandemic.html
I find the result impressive, and the reading in a class with a rendition of Ginsberg's Howl that I once heard. I am glad the poem exists, and pleased that I contributed a line (the one beginning "a fierce species").
Now the poem has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and I believe it's worthy of the accolade, and perhaps winning.
My contribution is far less than 1/220th of the poem. Someone else thought of it. A publisher solicited the lines and collected them. Rader turned a wilderness of lines into a poem and then read and recorded it. I have done smaller versions of such things, and that is a mighty effort.
Because my contribution was so minor, I choose not to list this award nomination among my accolades, but I wish to celebrate my tiny contribution to this creation. And I present the poem link here in hopes a few more people will find the poem. I hope you like it.