April 2021: Recrudescence

J.K. Daniels

A fresh outbreak, another strain
and here we are again, delinked.

An error message, the zizz of
the overheated laptop, the hiss

of envy: how did he get his
so soon and by that I mean

before me. She says the thing
she feared most finally happened

so she didn’t have to dread it
anymore, so at least there’s that:

the clarity of aftermath.

JK Daniels's poems have appeared in Queer South, Best New Poets, Calyx, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and others. Her manuscript, Wedding Pulls, was selected by C.D. Wright for the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize (2015) and was published by Hub City Press.