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Two Poems by Tim Murphy


The police 

can’t be 



than their guns 

can be 


A Mirror and A Knife

The pandemic

like all oppression

still unfolding

not equally felt

a mirror and a knife

reflects, deepens

divides carved

long before

a virus arrived.


Tim Murphy (he/him) is a disabled, bisexual poet. His writing explores chronic illness, disability justice, and the more-than-human world. Tim’s poetry appears in several literary journals, including, Wordgathering, Eunoia Review, CERASUS Magazine, Remington Review, Writers Resist, and in the book, The Long Covid Reader. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter (@brokenwingpoet).

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