The A1 Verse: There is infinite hope

By Thomas Gaulkin | January 15, 2021

From an illustration by Zdenek Sasek

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred January 15, 2021.

We suspect it’ll occur again.


Older People Who Want Shots Run Into a Tangle of Red Tape
or, I will show you fear in a handful of dust

(from the original by Sharon Otterman)

the person

has found it impossible
has become lost

the system

would like optimism
would fear reality

the parallel

exasperation
exhaustion

the situation


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