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This poem is taken from PN Review 262, Volume 48 Number 2, November - December 2021.

Poems from the Pandemic Judith Woolf
On Reading Li Bai’s

  Drinking Alone by Moonlight

for Jonathan Sage

Living alone
in the year of the plague,
I no longer drink tea
with my friend and teacher.

Like Li Bai with his winecup,
my companions now
are the moon
and my shadow.

              14 April 2020

Advice for Lovers

in the year of the virus
abstinence is safest
if you must embrace

utter no cries de joie

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