My poem, Our Assorted Quarantines, about living on an island COVID-19 has not (yet) reached while friends and family around the world have to isolate themselves, was published as part of the Indolent Books’ online poetry project, What Rough Beast. Read the poem at: https://www.indolentbooks.com/what-rough-beast-covid-19-edition-05-26-20-elizabeth-kate-switaj/
In this, the final week of the year, Singapore-based Eunoia Review haspublished two of my short stories: Game Night and When the Typhoon Came. But what the stories themselves are based upon back further than 2017, back before I moved to Majuro atoll, before my years in Belfast, before China, to my years in Japan. 2004 to 2006.There are feelings I have from that era of my life that are more immediate than those from any other set of years. And yet that time feels more unreachable and distant than a decade and change can justify. It has felt that way since mere months after I left. Trauma will cleave.
A poem of mine inspired by recent discoveries about the venom of a fish appears in the latest issue of Corium.