The A1 Verse: All the worlds of this world

By Thomas Gaulkin | December 21, 2021

Illustration by Thomas Gaulkin

Every so often, a story, or stories, published on the front page of the New York Times are so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of them, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred December 20, 2021.

We suspect it’ll occur again.


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(from the originals by Sarah Maslin Nir and Stephanie Nolen)

Symptom of the season,
panic.
Sign of winter,
minds racing:
Is it?
Is it
emotional upending
in the world of
no defense,
shots, and other shots,
nothing to stop
the gap
in a world where
the weather, the news,
the world so far
do not capture
the world?


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