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A number of ZJs noir haiku poems, written during the time of pandemic and chaos, are featured in the recently released anthology Stop the World: Snapshots from a Pandemic, (Thalia Press), due for publication on August 4, 2020.

The anthology is edited by Lise McClendon and includes authors, poets and essayists from around the world: France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Romania, Scotland and Spain. The anthology is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KOBO and Apple. All profits will be donated to charity.

Sample Haikus by ZJ Czupor

The way we live now
We live in (parentheses)
Waiting for the dash–.

He strums the six string
He’s got the quarantine blues
His country left him.

I pledge allegiance
One nation, under lockdown
For what do we stand?

The lure of before
When a handshake meant something
Is sooooo yesterday.

Slow down, don’t move fast.
Gotta make the virus pass.
Screw it! Pass the scotch.

Inspired by “The 59th Street Bridge Song”
Lyrics by Paul Simon