Washed Out Visual art by Gretchen Gales

COVID Lungs: A Trilogy

The first image, COVID 1, depicts the brewing storm driven by the wet-markets in China where trafficked animals are kept in conditions of bio-insecurity which were (and remain) ripe for zoonotic events. It depicts the warning by scientists from thirteen years ago that SARS emerged from these conditions and the next deadly pandemic will likely do so as well.

The second, COVID2, depicts the reckoning of this brutal disease and the concomitant haphazard way in which countries like the United States (mis)managed the disease, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths, which continue unabated.

The third, COVID3, depicts the future when we have made it through the other side of the pandemic. Running across all three pieces is the image of the damaged lung.

C. Christine Fair is a professor within the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where she studies political and military events of South Asia and travels extensively throughout Asia and the Middle East. Her books include In Their Own Words: Understanding the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (OUP 2019); Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War (OUP, 2014); and Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States (Globe Pequot, 2008). She has published creative pieces in The Bark, The Dime Show Review, Clementine Unbound, Awakenings, Fifty Word Stories, The Drabble, Sandy River Review, Sonder Midwest, Black Horse Magazine, Furious Gazelle, Hyptertext, Barzakh Magazine and Bluntly Magazine among others. Her visual poetry has appeared in Awakenings, pulpMAG, the Indianapolis Review, Typehouse Literary Magazine. She causes trouble in multiple languages.


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