Shelter-in-Place Poem #4: If John Donne saw you maskless in public
At a time when the accountability we all have to each other is especially obvious, we can’t help but imagine what 17th-century metaphysical poet John Donne might make of the holiday anti-maskers among us (yes, Kirk Cameron, we’re talking about you).
Donne was right.
No one is an island.
This pandemic has shown us how linked we all really are. That’s why we took a risk eight months ago, pivoting to offer virtual events instead of going dark. With so many feeling so alone, we wanted to play a part in lifting people up.
Since the early months of the pandemic, we’ve joined with some of today’s wisest and most inspiring authors to reach out, across the gulf of fear and anxiety and uncertainty, and hold people’s hands in the dark.
But no festival is an island, either. We lost a lot of revenue from canceling our in-person fest. Our budget is downsized, but we’re still struggling to keep our heads above water, even as we’re putting together some amazing 2021 events for you.
Donne’s original rings truer this year than it ever has, doesn’t it?
We’re keeping the faith for a safer, kinder, and more connected 2021 for us all!