Kim Shuck


One afternoon at the old Star Pharmacy Baron Samedi and Rabbit were
One after another
In line for the checkout
The Baron danced gently to
Vague and unstructured shopping music
And Rabbit chuckled
The night before quarantine we shared art at the kitchen table
Noodles may save us all
What are you doing to keep yourself alive today?
What are you doing
In the hour of the war god?
The Baron and I dance
To vague music
I can hear Rabbit now
Renaming the daily ritual designations
I can hear him
He knows we need to try something new

0-43KIM SHUCK embraces the fool and jester qualities of being a modern poet and artist. She is a devotee of San Francisco, whose hills she wanders nearly always on foot. Her maternal grandparents met at the Polish Hall on Shotwell and she spent many hours with her mother and grandmother wandering the Mission St. Miracle Mile, taking books out of the Mission Branch library and watching aquarium fish on the ground floor of what used to be Hale’s. She firmly believes in carrying a bubble wand, keys, pen and notebook and cats cradle string at all times. Shuck is widely published in journals, anthologies and a couple of solo books. She enjoys volunteering in SFUSD elementary school classrooms to share her loves of origami, poetry and basket making… in other words, math of various kinds. In 2019, Kim Shuck was awarded an inaugural National Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, a PEN Oakland Censorship Award, and a Golden Poppy Award in Poetry.

Other work 
Quarantine Poem 1

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