If one can summon any optimism nearly a year into a grim and persistent pandemic, this is the moment to do it.
It is a new year, after all (good riddance, 2020!). Nearly 20 million Americans have rolled up their sleeves and received a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. And no matter your political affiliation, a new administration and transformed Congress and Cabinet perennially serve as a kind of reset button for America, each unfamiliar face a reminder of how wide open the possibilities are. So, we cross our fingers in unison and hope for the best.
It only made sense that the latest issue of The Highlight look at life in this tenuous transition. From the beautiful and remote communities — the new utopias — where corona-cationers flock to avoid restrictions (and high numbers of Covid-19 cases), to the would-be parents bucking the pandemic “baby bust” trend and getting pregnant anyway, to first-term lawmakers’ inauspicious introduction to Capitol Hill, we confront a world in flux. With so much change afoot, we turned to poets, too, for words of inspiration and provocation at a time when people need a little bit of both. And if that doesn’t move you, perhaps a crystal to bring on positive thinking will.
The new utopia
For a certain jet-setting sect, wide-open spaces with views, few Covid-19 cases, and the freedom to go maskless are all the rage. But who pays the price?
By Sarah Khan
Poems for a new year
7 poets — including Saeed Jones, Alex Dimitrov, and Patty Crane — meditate on the year we’ve had, the one ahead, and our dark, persistent past.
By Vox Staff
Mondaire Jones on his “jarring” start as a first-term lawmaker
The New York Democrat discusses the growing progressive movement in his party, and how the US Capitol riot is shaping his priorities.
By Li Zhou
New crystal, new you?
As crystals’ soothing popularity continues, one — carnelian — attracts those in search of self-improvement and positivity. Is it too good to be true?
By Jaya Saxena
What “baby bust”? New and soon-to-be parents on choosing to have kids in dark times.
“Maybe it’s like a psychological trick to make yourself feel better, but I don’t regret it.”
By Chris Chafin