A code orange is an emergency situation, sometimes requiring evacuation. In Karen Mulhallen's Code Orange, we ask ourselves whether we should all be ready to evacuate. But even in the midst of chaos, Mulhallen finds moments to appreciate. Memories of brunch with friends and encounters with lovers stand against the tragedy of terrible crime. This is a very real look at humanity, as Mulhallen does not blind us from our most devastating moments, nor does she ignore the ones that transform and brighten our lives. Her snapshots offer both perspective and the joy of a poignant image to recall in the mind; in both cases, her words linger.
Each poem is translated into French by acclaimed author Nancy Huston.