The two plagues of the title are the coronavirus pandemic and Donald Trump’s America. The latter is named directly in “Politix Comix”, “Trumpettes of the Lord” and “Rhyme of the Wall”. Section III of the book offers a sequence of 13 short “plaguelings”. Psalm and sermon, Socrates, Superman, baseball and black butterflies all make appearances. Lear shows up by name twice — the second time in the company of David’s grandpa Julius
“It isn’t easy being an empath. It is painful to have clear vision. Still, David Wolinsky puts the truth unveiled for us all to see and hope that somehow, together, enough together, we would create an oasis that could actually tip the future balance toward ‘imagine’.” — Bonnie Portier, D.O.
David Almaleck Wolinsky's non-career found him a novice middle-school teacher for 6 years in the Park Heights ghetto of 1990s Baltimore, and a non-blood grandpa many years later. The "body count" includes three published and four unpublished volumes of poetry, as well as a book of "translations and transformations" from Argentine Nuevo Cancion and it's musical-political cousins. Almaleck' represents his maternal lineage from Al-Andalus, Muslim- ruled Spain, where his Sephardic Jewish ancestors flourished. 1492 is remembered as The Expulsion, at the completion the Catholic reconquista. Queen Isabella brought with her the Inquisition, human bonfires and forced conversions. Fleeing Jews were welcomed by the Ottoman Empire. Among other useful delusions, he believes his activism and volunteer work (and some poems) honor the convivencia of a thousand years ago, as well as today's cries of No Justice, No Peace. David lives with his wife Lilia among the birds and the trees, rocks, rhizomes and other critters, in central Maryland.