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The time: 1918. The U.S. is both prosperous and at war. An influenza epidemic, often known by the misnomer Spanish Flu or La Grippe, is spreading throughout the world. The 1918 flu is different in that it tends to strike down otherwise-healthy adults in their prime, ages 18-40, compared to later outbreaks that target children and the elderly. The poems in This Passing Feve ...more
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Published September 3rd 2017 by FutureCycle Press
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FutureCycle Press
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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We are the publisher, so all of our authors get five stars from us. Excerpts:


HOGS: A YOU-ARE-THERE POEM, 1904-1918

“It likely started at a pig farm in northern Kansas, jumping adeptly from hogs to humans as influenza is known to do.” —Kristin A. Watkins, MBA, Holland Regenerative Medicine Program, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

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an earth-tremble of grunts,
assembled willy-nilly, the porcine
shoving snouts out of the way
for the best trough spots,
which are whichever spots
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Karen
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The 1918 Influenza epidemic (often called the Spanish flu) is considered one the deadliest epidemics in world history, (50 - 100 million people died worldwide) yet its seriousness has been lost in history. Melanie Faith's newest collection of poetry, This Passing Fever, is a thoughtful exploration of the heartbreak of this deadly disease. Told through persona voices of those who witnessed (and thus survived) the outbreak, This Passing Fever, will stay with any reader long after he or she is done ...more
Susan
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Through tears and sighs and a pause or two to take a deep breath before continuing, I read this amazing poetry collection cover to cover in one sitting The initial poem snatched me from the present and immediately immersed me in small-town life during the 1918 influenza pandemic. This wasn't so much a history lesson, it was a journey through the eyes of those who experienced the helplessness and horror of losing neighbors, friends, teachers, parents, siblings - and the strength demanded of them ...more
Tasha
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one sitting, riding to work on the train. It really transported me there and I learned a lot about the virus and the people it affected. It's heartbreaking poetry, but I'm in love. I'm looking forward to reading more by Melanie Faith. ...more
Kwami Beck
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rather than a reeling off of facts, Melanie faith's poetry collection, "This Passing Fever" perfectly captures the zeitgeist of the 1918 flu pandemic. We get to survey the world through the eyes of American towns people. Each with their own unique perspective. Mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, grandsons, shopkeepers, nurses soldiers, etc. We see their sadness, their fear, their faith and their humanity. Themes of war are present (ww1 + flu as an invisible enemy). The proclivity of influenza to ...more
Antonia Albany
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The characters in this book sat next to me as they told their moving stories of the 1918 influenza via Ms. Faith's poems. I felt their pain, bewilderment, and sorrow. And I was captivated by all of them. It's not easy to tell this historic time in poems, but Melanie has done an outstanding job of drawing in the reader and keeping them in the story until the end. This creative writer has written a book for our time. I wonder, after having read it during the current COVID-19 pandemic, if she'll wr ...more
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Melanie Faith’s writing has been published in numerous literary journals and small presses and has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. Her flash fiction placed in the Bevel Summer Prize for Short Short Stories and was subsequently published in Shenandoah. She finds joy practicing and teaching in several genres, including: poetry, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and inst ...more

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