Carlo Rey Lacsamana is a Filipino born and raised in Manila, Philippines. Since 2005, he has been living and working in the Tuscan town of Lucca, Italy. He regularly contributes to journals in the Philippines, writing politics, culture, and art. He also writes for a local academic magazine in Tuscany that is published twice a year. His articles have been published in magazines in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Visit his website or follow him on Instagram @carlo_rey_lacsamana.
Hi all, unfortunately we’re delayed in reading and responding to your work, and putting together the issue. As such, we’ll be postponing issue 4 until the Fall 2020. If you sent us your work, expect to hear from us by the end of August. We hope you are having a wonderful summer!
Featuring 24 authors and poets writing on far flung places around the globe. Check out Foreign Literary now available on Kindle.
by Wallace Kaufman
The tea ceremony is called Attaya. The first round is strong and bitter, the second sweeter with a hint of mint, and the third round is sweet and minty. It mirrors friendship, which grows over time to reflect how the longer we know each other the sweeter the relationship becomes. What happens most during Attaya, however, is talk. We consume conversation. We talk about the rain, if there is any, the wind, which is more common, and the oppressive sun. And the villagers return to their natural spaces, rest or sleep peacefully. I leave the fire wondering if I had enough materials to tunnel to Mauritania. I just can’t sleep.
Foreign Literary Journal is a compilation of poetry and prose related to the theme of life away from home.