Tag Archive for Covid-19

Greetings from Mondovì: 30 days

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE September is over.  I’ve written next to nothing, but our cantina is filling up nicely with potatoes, onions and winter squashes, apples for cider, jars of salsa, fruit preserves, pickles.  Any thoughts that might have been worth…

Flowers for Varavara Rao

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GABRIEL ROSENSTOCK Letter to India (On the imprisonment of Telugu-language poet Varavara Rao) India! Does the goddess Saraswati smile When you imprison your poets When, Covid-stricken, they hallucinate Sitting in a puddle of urine? India! Is Saraswati pleased? Varavara Rao,…

Looking at trees

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MALCOLM HEBRON I once read a good story – whether real or apocryphal, I do not know – about four artists in the early twentieth century, on a painting expedition in the countryside. All had been trained in the academic…

Greetings from Mondovì: Not Wanting to Talk about It

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE It’s been 26 days since travel resumed between regions in Italy.  We are watching 10 new coronavirus clusters, located in every part of the country, from Piemonte, Lombardia, and Toscana to Campania, Sicilia, and Calabria.  Despite the…

Greetings from Mondovì: Living with the Virus

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE 15 May I got a call today from the receptionist in our dentist’s office, and now my appointment of 13 March is re-scheduled to Friday, 22 May.  This feels like a momentous occasion; the cancellation of my…

Greetings from Mondovì: White Flowers

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE 8 May Forget everything I wrote earlier about getting accustomed to leaving the house with protective gear.  I feel the way one does around the end of January–weary of arming myself against a harsh environment every time…