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Fortified pa, Point Kean, New Zealand. Photo credit: Karen Kao

Shelter in Place

In Wuhan, residents inch their way outdoors into a city they hardly recognize. Rome is still in the full throes of lockdown while here in Amsterdam, I wait for what will come.

To write at a time when the world needs ventilators and face masks feels futile. And yet to write a story (a poem, an essay, a song) may be to exercise the only superpower a writer possesses. George Saunders calls it that "shaking up the snow globe thing" that writing can do.

This week's blog post is part craft essay and part travel log of my attempt at Writing on the Road. Whether you're in constant motion or confined at home, maybe this series of newsletters, Shelter in Place, will help you go on going on.

Be well.

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