Daily Distraction: Read Saeed Jones in The Cut

The story is buoyed by the promise of a near-term future where social distancing gradually gives way to reconnection

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Saeed Jones

Reading work by celebrated Columbus poet and writer Saeed Jones is always a treat, and that remains true of a new short story published in The Cut in which Jones envisions a post-COVID friendship unfolding in some still TBD location.

"It could be June in New York and we’re sitting on your stoop, watching my dog perk his ears in nervous suspicion at every person who walks by," Jones writes. "Or maybe it’s an October in Ohio."

While the story is buoyed by the promise of a near-term future where social distancing gradually gives way to reconnection, it's also underpinned by deep reserves of sadness stemming from the scale of loss humanity has experienced over this last year. "I ask if you want to go to that bar, the one with that really hot bartender. 'It closed,'” Jones writes. "You suggest dinner at that restaurant I wouldn’t shut up about. 'It closed.'"

Take a few minutes out to read the whole piece here.