When This Is Over: Pandemic Poems

Ice Cube Press published the latest book of poetry from Ralph Savarese, professor of English at Grinnell: When This Is Over: Pandemic Poems. The poems in this collection function almost like diary entries. Things are pulled from the news: Tony Fauci, the Orange Man, murder hornets, mask mandates, George Floyd, and more. But it’s not all despair. Like the man on the cover wearing a suit and gas mask and holding a daisy, the poems aim for a touch of whimsy. And they look to the future while, yes, wearing a mask.