(based on the first 19 links posted on my Facebook feed, March 2020)

Crisis events influence, and are influenced by, what is said or written; these texts in their turn will lead to new texts, even new genres, which will then co-create new discourses or reinforce/subvert existing ones; the discourses then may produce certain (un)intended non-discursive outcomes.

(from Antoon De Rycker and Zuraidah Mohd Don’s Discourse in crisis, crisis in discourse)


death drove home

sent a letter to the community

impossible to trace


and then grief, like a stumbling cheque forger,

comes tripping across the threshold

of my supermarket heart


a little music and soul

three months of free guitar lessons

you can learn in lockdown


it’s astounding

time is fleeting

madness takes its toll


coughed at or spit on

a long tradition of blaming

a mirror for society


the waves of the web

the places we must stay

three emoji roses


a barometer of humanity

language linked to memory

simple words repeated


I turned up in some harsh doomed city on another plane

at the end

I was holding my breath


wow! this looks delicious

but u didn’t make enough

for company



a social movement

a new campaign


incredible profiteering, corporate opportunism

daylight robbery

leaders swapping worst practices


*right fist punches electric guitar*

*wall of protestors link arms*

*a crow’s wings sweep*


the landlord's here to visit

but we can, you know we can

rent strike april 1st 2020


sweeping aid package

a staggering backing

to help bridge financial bottlenecks


to no surprise

a need to punish the poor

in the midst of a terrible crisis


in dire hours, art keeps us sane

offers free delivery

on the brink of disaster


a deep-purple bruise


new shades of glumness


semi-outdoor exhibit

the sunning rock macropod

a future bird


they all want to share your life

ain't that enough to make you want to hang on

hang on, hang on (hang on in there)



  1. Kilgannon, C 2020, ‘Brooklyn High School Principal, 36, Dies from Coronavirus’, The New York Times, 25 March,

  2. Ken Smeaton 2015, ‘Amanda Anastasi Shelton Lea Tribute’, Youtube, (source text: Shelton Lea’s for joel, 1985).

  3. Schatz, L 2020, ‘Montreux Jazz Festival Releases More Than 50 Full Sets from Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye: Watch’, Consequence of Sound,

  4. Lex121100 2020, ‘Rocky Horror Time Warp’, Youtube, (source text: Richard O’Brien’s Time Warp, 1972)

  5. Yoshiko, Kandil C 2020, ‘Asian Americans report over 650 racist acts over last week, new data says’, NBC News,

  6. ‘Britney Spears calls for wealth redistribution, general strike on Instagram’, 2020, The Week,

  7. Heflin, A 2020, ‘In Conversation with Meredith Monk: MEMORY GAME’, Classical Post,

  8. whateverentgroup 2011, ‘The Church — Tantalized’, Youtube (source text: The Church’s Tantalized, 1985)

  9. TheWolfePit 2016, ‘How to make Fried Rice — Vegetable Fried Rice - Chinese Recipe’, Youtube,

  10. Europe Must Act 2020, Action for Education,

  11. Haymarket Books 2020, ‘How to Beat Coronavirus Capitalism’, Youtube,

  12. Roadrunner Records 2009, ‘Sepultura — Refuse/Resist [OFFICIAL VIDEO]’, Youtube,

  13. Spencer Vik 2008, ‘Dead Kennedys — Let's Lynch The Landlord’, Youtube, (source text: Dead Kennedys’ Let’s Lynch the Landlord, 1980)

  14. Brown, K 2020, ‘Germany Has Rolled Out a Staggering €50 Billion Aid Package For Small Businesses That Boosts Artists and Galleries — and Puts Other Countries to Shame’, artnet news,

  15. de la Cretaz, B 2020, ‘Why Everyone Is Thanking Bernie Sanders Right Now — Even His Critics’, yahoo! lifestyle,

  16. Law, B 2020, ‘In times of crisis, we turn to the arts. Now the arts is in crisis – and Scott Morrison is silent’, The Guardian,

  17. Grow, K 2020, ‘‘The Ultimate Underdog F-ck-Up’: Rediscovering the Dark Beauty of Rowland S. Howard’, Rolling Stone,

  18. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Youtube Channel, Youtube,

  19. ubiquitoons 2012, ‘Mike James Kirkland - "Hang On In There"’, Youtube, (source text: Mike James Kirkland’s Hang on in There, 1972)


Pascalle Burton is an Australian poet and performer with an interest in conceptual art and cultural theory. Her collection About the Author is Dead is available through Cordite Books.

She hopes everyone is staying safe and well. 

You can learn more about and experience her incredible poetry on her website.

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