Chronicling the Days – Alexandre Marceau

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 Alexandre Marceau, writing in April 2020.

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Those Who Sing the Blues

There’s a long corridor of water that separates the last sheets of ice between home and the Island across. Birds are lined up on the other side where the ice begins again, all singing the blues, all standing in the wind. There are two decrepit houses on the Island. A kayak ride over in the summer reveals the sullied foundations from past floods. But now, those birds don’t seem too concerned with any of it. They are closer than 6-feet apart, hopping over each other, gliding in the cold mirrored current.

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