The poetry begins with rage and wonder in Paris, continues in France, then to Peru and Puerto Rico; to South Korea, to Georgia (the country), to the Philippines, Japan, India, to a cruise ship departing Spain; to Russia, Vietnam, and more. The styles and voices are as diverse and colorful as the places and people they describe; some of it heavy, some quite light, and most is full of insight and beauty. Read samples.
The fiction brings us to Greece in the 1960s, on an archaeological dig to discover “The First Place where the End of the Earth Began,” a mystical, beautifully wrought tale of attempting to discover Atlantis, by L. Shapley Bassen. Then Steven Carr brings us to a village in the deserts of Morocco, where a French Legionnaire has deserted his training and is hiding out in a local girl’s hut. Afterwards, Steven Feldman shows us Goa on a hilarious vacation of his cousin’s, “Mordacai” Feldman, who has returned to India with his 3rd wife to relive his glory days. In “Day of Rock”, Mark Halpern provides a portrait of a quirky businessman who has made Japan home, and who falls hard for a local. Then to Vietnam, where Michael Howard shows us the sad end of a man’s somewhat sordid sojourn abroad. In “The View from High Places” Diane Lefer takes us to Japan, with a young beauty contestant from a small mining town. Guided by two women—a conservative translator and eccentric artist— she confronts sexual harassment and wonders what’s so great about the view from high places. Read samples.
Visit Columbia in “A Love Affair with Chaos,” a tempestuous love affair close to a warzone along the border of a crumbling Venezuela, with journalist Joshua Collins. Afterwards, Steve Feldman takes us to Burma, to discuss how the country resembles George Orwell’s Burmese Days from when it was under colonial British rule. Then to Kandahar, Afghanistan, in “Kore”, a story by Joanna Grant about what it means to leave a place and its people behind. Finally, we visit a small village in Senegal with Bob Kunzinger, and the nightly tea ceremonies that bring the people of the village together each night, in “Attaya.”