(Quarantine Essay #13)

On this quarantine Saturday, I am listening to Bill Withers, reading Arundhati Roy and thinking of Adrienne Rich’s poem “Prospective Immigrants Please Note.”

Roy writes in the Financial Times that “The Pandemic is a Portal” (April 3, 2020). She describes the horrible scenes in India days after their Prime Minister declared a lockdown. “The tragedy is immediate, real, epic and unfolding before our eyes. But it isn’t new. It is the wreckage of a train that has been careening down the track for years.”