Isabella Barricklow

April 20th, 2020 in email subject lines

Invitation to edit: voluntary positive message project.

State of emergency.
State of alarm…
Madrid is no longer available.
Italy is no longer available.
COVID-19 daily updates: your best news sources.

Posted scheduled assignment: deforestation.
No pool? No problem!
The ice caps are melting at an alarming rate–what can you do?

Thank you for being a valued member.
Could not display renewal session.
Your special coupon expires at midnight.
Action required…

Trending topics: shelter in poems.
Go paperless!
Your password has been reset.
Submitted late: Test—”the future.”

You have a suggested connection to review:
Shopping sales like never before!
Climate change: what it means for the average American.

The five blogs of your future:
This action could not be completed.

Here’s a little Tuesday pick-me-up:
There’s still time.


Source & Method

This poem is a found poem using the subject lines of emails I received during the week of April 20th, 2020 (during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic).

Isabella Barricklow writes and teaches in Madrid, Spain. She studied English at Central Michigan University. Her work appears in Dunes Review, Third Wednesday Magazine, Cimarron Review, and on Find her on Instagram: @isabellabarricklow, Twitter: @BellaRose221, or

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