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*Read Pdf õ This Passing Fever: 1918 Influenza Poems ⚽ The timeThe US is both prosperous and at war An influenza epidemic, often known by the misnomer Spanish Flu or La Grippe, is spreading throughout the world Theflu is different in that it tends to strike down otherwise healthy adults in their prime, ages, compared to later outbreaks that target children and the elderly The poems in This Passing Fever explore how everyday people within small town America meet sweeping, unexpected illness with hope, fear, charity, and grief Incorporating details both fictional and fact, including a historically accurate jump rope rhyme within the first poem in this collection, Rope, protagonists such as Alma Donovan Smith depict the fears, joys, and trials of familial, personal, and community life during a time of crisis Much like Edgar Lee Masters Spoon River Anthology, these poems will encourage those interested in the history of the time period and the potential of character development within poetry We are the publisher, so all of our authors get five stars from us Excerpts HOGS A YOU ARE THERE POEM, 1904 1918It likely started at a pig farm in northern Kansas, jumping adeptly from hogs to humans as influenza is known to do Kristin A Watkins, MBA, Holland Regenerative Medicine Program, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NebraskaPicturean earth tremble of grunts,assembled willy nilly, the porcineshoving snouts out of the wayfor the best trough spots,which are whichever spots We are the publisher, so all of our authors get five stars from us Excerpts HOGS A YOU ARE THERE POEM, 1904 1918It likely started at a pig farm in northern Kansas, jumping adeptly from hogs to humans as influenza is known to do Kristin A Watkins, MBA, Holland Regenerative Medicine Program, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NebraskaPicturean earth tremble of grunts,assembled willy nilly, the porcineshoving snouts out of the wayfor the best trough spots,which are whichever spots you ve justspilled the slop from a dented pail.From ages 4 to 18you wake on the bottom bunk,your brothers elbow and poke youto pull your boots on in the dark.You re already in the barnwhen the roosters crow from fence posts you ve already put in almost two hourswork before your walk to school.Before breakfastyou stand ankle deep in the penemptying corn mush, pigs jostling into you.You call Step aside now, step aside, to which one you cannot say,as their breath steam clouds and hangsin chill morning air They breathe outas you breathe in.A HAMMER AND A SPARE AND A SACK OF SIXPENNY NAILS Alma Donovan s dad, PhilipFather Costas asked a bunch of us.Tom Heneckle, Russell Moses, and Iwere one of four or five crewsthat went down there to the lumberyardevery night for weeks I tooka hammer and a spareand a sack of sixpenny nails.We were given the scraps oak and ashwith hard knots big as a fist or thick splinters.We went down there after our mill shifts.It got pitch dark by five We had to hurry.Many nights it snowed.The iron cold in our nostrils,our hammers driving nail heads in next, next, next until enoughboxes were finished We loaded themonto a parish wagon that Tom took over.He told me once the bodies in the mortuarywere stacked three abreast in the hallway.Then laid to rest quick, without services.What got me were the tiny ones no bigger than a doll s bedlike my three daughters used The 1918 Influenza epidemic often called the Spanish flu is considered one the deadliest epidemics in world history, 50 100 million people died worldwide yet its seriousness has been lost in history Melanie Faith s newest collection of poetry, This Passing Fever, is a thoughtful exploration of the heartbreak of this deadly disease Told through persona voices of those who witnessed and thus survived the outbreak, This Passing Fever, will stay with any reader long after he or she is done The 1918 Influenza epidemic often called the Spanish flu is considered one the deadliest epidemics in world history, 50 100 million people died worldwide yet its seriousness has been lost in history Melanie Faith s newest collection of poetry, This Passing Fever, is a thoughtful exploration of the heartbreak of this deadly disease Told through persona voices of those who witnessed and thus survived the outbreak, This Passing Fever, will stay with any reader long after he or she is done with the book Through tears and sighs and a pause or two to take a deep breath before continuing, I read this amazing poetry collection cover to cover in one sitting The initial poem snatched me from the present and immediately immersed me in small town life during the 1918 influenza pandemic This wasn t so much a history lesson, it was a journey through the eyes of those who experienced the helplessness and horror of losing neighbors, friends, teachers, parents, siblings and the strength demanded of them Through tears and sighs and a pause or two to take a deep breath before continuing, I read this amazing poetry collection cover to cover in one sitting The initial poem snatched me from the present and immediately immersed me in small town life during the 1918 influenza pandemic This wasn t so much a history lesson, it was a journey through the eyes of those who experienced the helplessness and horror of losing neighbors, friends, teachers, parents, siblings and the strength demanded of them to hold onto their hope and faith I wasn t just the reader, I was in Kansas in 1918 with the folks in these poems I could see, hear, touch, taste, and feel what it was like to live through the epidemic That s the power and precision of Melanie Faith s writing Read this poetry collection and share it