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May 3rd (Q Day #50): Día de los Muertos Mask
by Robert Minicucci

This mask, purchased from an artist friend living in Ohio with his wife (a           great writer),

is my Double-Crested Blue Jay to viral insults and assaults.

Greet gray death with color.

“We all die a little each day as we live,” chirps the happy skull. “It’s           always close.”

A dark flock constantly circling.

When it gets closer, I will make one last

poke-of-the-finger at a scraggly crow’s short sharp beak

just as the rest of the murder encircles me and feasts.

This mask protects or smothers. Depends on your choice.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert Minicucci lives near Exeter, New Hampshire, with his wife, two of his three children, and a brindle rescue hound named Josie. He came back to poetry after reading One of Us Is Lost by Robert Dunn (a local Portsmouth poet), and Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon, whom he met in 2018 at a University of New Hampshire reading. He’s had work published in the New Hampshire-based poetry zine Good Fat, as well as the online journals Spank the Carp and Rat’s Ass Review. He is on twitter @robertminicucci when he’s not working on his chapbook.


Thank you to the 105 contributors from around the world who participated in our WEARING A MASK Series, which ran from May 21-June 24, 2020. Our deepest appreciation for the following authors (and one artist) for contributing their work to the series! Cheers!

Sarah Alfonsi
MP Armstrong
Carol Alena Aronoff
Barbara Bald
Janet Banks
Amy Bassin
Roberta Beary
Shelly Blankman
Mark Blickley
Rose Mary Boehm
Boutheina Boughnin
Gregory Brooks
Kelsey Bryan-Zwick
Ranney Campbell
Patricia Carragon
Nikki Carter
Lael Cassidy
Tricia Marcella Cimera
Patrice Boyer Claeys
Joan Colby
Clive Collins
Joe Cottonwood
Barbara Crary
Subhankar Das
Susan L. DeMiller
Steven Deutsch
Julie A. Dickson
Dakota Donovan
Barbara Eknoian
Joseph A. Farina
Jennifer Finstrom
Beth Fox
Preeth Ganapathy
Edna Garcia
Lourdes A. Gautier
Gail Goepfert
Vince Gotera
Vijaya Gowrisankar
Jae Green
Anita Haas
Zoë Hajec
Oz Hardwick
Ken Hartke
John Haugh
Veronica Hosking
Fiona Johnston
Joseph Johnston
Cecilia Kennedy
Tricia Knoll
Chuck Kramer
Jennifer Lagier
Marie C. Lecrivain
Joan Leotta
Shontay Luna
Rick Lupert
Anne Namatsi Lutomia
Marjorie Maddox
Sarah Mak
Betsy Mars
Lindsey Martin-Bowen
Mary C. McCarthy
Linda McKenney
Bob McNeil
Michele Mekel
Robert Minicucci
Neil David Mitchell
Olaniyi Ololade Moses
Jagari Mukherjee
Priyanka Mukherjee
Shelli Narang
Robbi Nester
Maria Nestorides
Carolyn O’Connell
James Penha
David T. Pennington
Kaitlyn Perrin
Apoorva B. Raj
Angie Raney
Patrick T. Reardon
Jeannie E. Roberts
Stephen Thomas Roberts
Kerfe Roig
Alexis Rotella
Sarah Russell
Stephanie JT Russell
d.r. sanchez
Wilderness Sarchild
Ndaba Sibanda
Leslie Sittner
Clifton Snider
Massimo Soranzio
Carol A. Stephen
Terrence Sykes
Ann Christine Tabaka
Lynn Tait
Thomas R. Thomas
Mary Langer Thompson
Smitha Vishwanath
Alan Walowitz
Nancy Wheaton
Kelley White
Lynn White
Lisa Wiley
Jonathan Yungkans
Joanie HF Zosike

To revisit the series, click this link.  Stay tuned for future calls for submissions!

Photo by Dan Formsma on Unsplash