Stories of Wisdom from Bodies in Separation (SWaBS):
Archiving the Coronavirus Pandemic Through the Lens of Humanities
FACTS VERSUS FEELINGS:
Surviving 2020's Pandemic
by Brooke Wright
This collection of ten poems, each one with additional commentary by the creator Brooke Wright, address “personal experience, general observations, and inspirations” during the COVID-19 pandemic. "These poems were developed using a form of writing called Ethnographic Poetry." The first four poems were inspired by interviews Brooke conducted for Stories of Wisdom from Bodies in Separation (SWaBS), with individuals from Duluth or the greater Northeastern Minnesota region about their experiences living during the COVID-19 pandemic. The next three poems cover broader topics including, “COVID-19’s initial entrance to the world, the physical effects that can happen to the body, and the social impact COVID-19 has had on society.” The final three poems draw on Brooke’s personal experience as a blind individual living during the COVID-19 pandemic and the “extreme impact on how life and the adjustments we experience have/have not worked." (The words in quotes are the creator’s own words.)
Stories of Wisdom from Bodies in Separation (SWaBS): Archiving the Coronavirus Pandemic Through the Lens of Humanities has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.