A Body Divided—By Joe Bongiorno

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 https://www.guernicaeditions.com/title/9781771836579.

Please also join us on the QWF FB Community page, and let the authors know if their words resonated.

I jog on the gravel path along the train tracks. I readjust my surgical mask and stray off into the grass to maintain a two-metre distance from a cyclist. My butt throbs. Pain gives way to numbness. Hamstring nerve pinched. I’m out of breath. My lungs open up to the cool air, fortunate to be left breathless by exercise and not COVID-19.

To read the rest of the story, please support our community and check out Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic

2 thoughts on “A Body Divided—By Joe Bongiorno

    1. So true. Sometimes we must take the time to see what surrounds us and smell the flowers. It’s not always about work, which in your case is writing. But after your break, please continue writing. Buona Fortuna!


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