Capturing COVID-19 through poetry

Talented students at the Centre of New Writing have responded to the global Covid-19 pandemic through poetry and spoken word, reflecting their thoughts on the complex, ever-changing world in which we live.

Through their poetry, the students reflect on how their individual lives have been impacted by lockdown and the pandemic. Participation in online classes when previously we’d have attended them physically, returning home and dreaming of shopping lists reminds us of some of the ways our lives have changed and how the old ‘normal’ way of life no longer exists.

As well as looking at lockdown on a personal level, the poems explore the effect lockdown has had on the wider society and the intertwining politics that have emerged throughout.

Read Poems in a Pandemic in The Manchester Review

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