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Need hand sanitizer? A poem? Mahogany Browne has you covered

Have you gone shopping for hand sanitizer lately? All gone.

But who needs Purell when you have poet and activist Mahogany L. Browne's recipe for her spray bottle hand sanitizer, which she's been making for years:

Note: The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible. The most effective hand sanitizers contain 60-95% alcohol concentration. The World Health Organization's

guidelines for making hand sanitizers require 96% ethyl alcohol.

Sources (updated Feb. 7, 2024):

Mahogany visited Albany on Thursday, Feb. 20 under the sponsorship of the NYS Writers Institute, NYS Museum, Office of Cultural Education and the Hudson Area Library. 

Here are some excerpts from an email interview conducted in these days of social distancing for The Virtual Writers Institute:

Mahogany L. Browne

Q: Any words of wisdom for us?

A:  Go slow. Write today. Or not. Read today. Cook for yourself. Remind yourself you are still

here. You are still here. That’s a good thing.

Q: Is there an action that isn't obvious that you would encourage us all to take during these challenging times? A: Log off whenever it gets to be too much. Online is as noisy as the unknown. Pace yourself. Stay hydrated.

Q:  Is there any news you'd like to share? A:  I’m hosting a FREE Poetry Concert via @BoweryPoetry on March 29 4pm - 7pm est. Come check us out!! Here's a poem from Mahogany Browne about the fragility of life. Visit The Poetry Foundation website to hear the poem in Mahogany's voice:


by Mahogany L. Browne Each flower a wilting sun The death of a new day is never kind Grief ain’t no song No loss is this romantic

Question for you?

Have any particular poems or poets spoken to you during this anxious time?


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