The Virus Within Us

by | Mixed Media

We’ve been asked to absorb shocks. The “land of the free” is no longer such. Some have hoarded toilet paper.  Masks have been mocked. Purell bottles are refilled with weak liquids for comfort. Health officials can only best guess.

I have captured these shocks to the system in a photo essay. The scenes are created with distorted scale because our worlds we orbit in have been distorted out of proportion. Life overwhelms. We must accept certain realities, not yet knowing their toll on our psyches. That will come. That’s later. For now, this is us.

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from THE VIRUS WITHIN US by Martha Clarkson
from THE VIRUS WITHIN US by Martha Clarkson
from THE VIRUS WITHIN US by Martha Clarkson
from THE VIRUS WITHIN US by Martha Clarkson
from THE VIRUS WITHIN US by Martha Clarkson
from THE VIRUS WITHIN US by Martha Clarkson
from THE VIRUS WITHIN US by Martha Clarkson
from THE VIRUS WITHIN US by Martha Clarkson
from THE VIRUS WITHIN US by Martha Clarkson
from THE VIRUS WITHIN US by Martha Clarkson

About The Author

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Martha Clarkson’s writing and photography can be found in F-Stop, Clackamas Literary Review, Seattle Review, Portland Review, Black Box Gallery, Tulane Review, Feminine Rising, Nimrod, Tipton Poetry Journal, Rattle and many more. She has two notable short stories in Best American Short Stories. Martha attended University of Oregon’s Creative Writing Program, and was a past poetry editor for Word Riot. www.marthaclarkson.com