Chronicling the Days – Joanne Gormley

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

We’re thrilled to announce that these stories have been gathered in Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic (Guernica Press). To learn more and buy the book, please visit

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This piece is by Joanne Gormley, writing on Wed April 8, 2020.

John Prine

On Wednesday morning I wake to the sad news that John Prine has died from complications due to the coronavirus. He was seventy-three, just three years older than I am now. My partner and I listen to him on u tube singing When I Get to Heaven ..I’ll shake God’s hand, then I’ll get me a cocktail…kiss a pretty girl on a tilt-a-whirl. I hope that he is.

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