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I have a confession. I am a consumer. A reader rather than a writer. My life has been a journey through works of fiction, drama and verse. Often I read four books at a time. It is, perhaps, not so surprising then that I find myself married to a writer (with two adult children who are also published writers) sitting in a library (at home) about to launch a literary journal. At this point, I should amend my opening statement. I do not confess but rather boast of my consumption of anything written. The only time in my life when I have not been reading a book is the (thankfully) short period when I had depression.

This edition of ‘Burrow’ asks writers to reflect on their mental health as they negotiate the COVID-19 pandemic. The truly global nature of this event is reflected in the diverse origins and backgrounds of our contributors. I am thankful that each writer represented here has not lost their love of words but has used their word-hoard to grapple with, explore, celebrate, rage against and, finally, share their experience of this moment. Here you will find poems about being isolated from loved ones, about the contents of wardrobes and handbags, about being freed from the ordinary busyness of our lives, about grief, about struggle, and about joy. And it is with great joy that I am able to launch this inaugural edition of ‘Burrow’.

Jillian Hall

what happened to their clothes?
by Anita Nahal
Corona and love-life layers
by Anita Nahal
Unleavened: Easter 2020
by Rose Lucas
Black Hole
by Margaret Bradstock
Big Brother Rules the Waves
by Margaret Bradstock
tissue
by Darna Bazzica
Indefinitely Thinker Paces Cage
by Matt Hetherington
The Latest Until a Bit Later
by Allan Lake
all she wanted was to be right
by Ndaba Sibanda
the course of a lifetime
by Tony Brennan
Courage
by Kellie Mortimer
COVID victim
by Greg Tome
Prayer Beleaguered: Bipolar Depression in the Garden of Isolation
by Connor Orrico
COVID Contemplations
by Glen Hunting
Easter Arms
by K. F. Pearson
Like Synesthetic Words of Love
by Mark Liston
Death Beds
by K. F. Pearson
Midwich Roost
by Luke Bartolo
FRUITCAKE
by Maurice Corlett
Quarantine Poem #1
by Barbara Bauer
Where were you when the World Stopped?
by Melody Bear
Breaking silence.
by Michele Hayes
Instant Understanding
by Yash Seyedbagheri
Moonlight Rumination
by Yash Seyedbagheri
Behind Closed Doors
by Mark Tulin
The Rumours of Disease
by Les Wicks
a world in waiting
by Denise O’Hagan
The Smile
by Helen Hagemann
the enemy within
by Brenda Saunders
Keeping our distance
by Anne Elvey
Hands up
by Tabitha Lean
OK, SO WHAT IF THE ALIENS REALLY ARE HERE?
by Robert Beveridge
Well-stocked
by Robert Beveridge
Box
by Jennifer Harrison
the spirit flees
by Kaitlin Kalk
the corpse staggers…
by Kaitlin Kalk
Switched to overload
by Gillian Swain
Quietly as loneliness
by Gillian Swain
The woman in the doorway
by Anne Collins
Good vs. Typical
by Connor Orrico
The dress of new beginnings
by Margaret Gudkov
When martyrdom does not serve
by Julia Kaylock
Tutivillus Syndrome
by Oz Hardwick
Obedience
by Caroline Gerrish
Pragmatists
by Caroline Gerrish
42˚C
by Suzanne Watson
Borders we can transgress,
by Noel Jeffs
covid cocktail
by Louise Wakeling
a notable failure
by Stu Hatton
Step Outside
by Heather M. F. Lyke
Fuck It
by Heather M. F. Lyke
Genealogy
by Suzi Mezei
one quaran-tini too many
by Kate Pashby
this circle called grief
by David Riddell
don’t say pandem
by Margaret Ruckert
covidsation
by Margaret Ruckert
The least little bit
by Jill Martindale Farrar
Lockdown
by Lorne Johnson
Physic 2020
by Anne M Carson
Lit Green
by Rhiannon Hall
A valetudinarian’s crisis in a time of COVID19
by Phillip Hall
Choice
by James Penha
Pregnant Pandemic
by Kushal Poddar

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