When Times Are Worse, Turn to Verse! Poetry during a Pandemic

Sylvia Vardell, Janet Wong


The lockdown last spring shut down everything—our daily routines, our travel plans, in-person conferences, and—for many people—even our usual reading habits. It was difficult to concentrate. We were all hungry for news and guidance, yet we could hardly grasp it. Authors and illustrators began reading their books out loud and sharing those recordings online; publishers widened their permission rules to allow this sharing of content and images.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5860/cal.19.1.27


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