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BH.net: new writing, from Latvia to Thailand, UAE to Spain, NYC to Korea

From our resident contributors, fiction, poetry and journalesque to accompany you on your weekend. Don't forget - you may always send us your feedback: letters@borderhopping.net (or, post a comment, but of course).

Kanchanaburi, Thailand
1. Kanchanaburi: Inventory on the River Khwae by Brent Katte:
I'm looking around at the setting, taking it all in, putting them in the picture, putting the picture in me, framing things. My immediate thoughts are on childhood and its bliss, the great removedness from the adult mess we all move to some day.
Read "Kanchanaburi: Inventory on the River Kwae" >>

Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
2. Al Ain by Colin Mulligan:
It has been just short of nine months since I left home for my round-the-world adventure. In that time, I have almost completely lost my intellectual vanity; the part of my personality that wants everyone I meet to know just what a clever and enlightened American I am. But old habits die hard, and this part of my psyche that was responsible for my next question—a question whose answer I already knew. "They have Sharia'h there," I asked, using the Arabic term for the strict interpretation of Islamic Law that has gained worldwide notoriety since the fall of Afghanistan's Taliban regime.
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Riga, Latvia
3. Riga by Colin Mulligan:
I set out on this trip to escape from my comfort zone, but the clean, safe and well-maintained cities of northern Europe left me feeling more domesticated than ever. All of that changed when I arrived in Riga, which is a hypnotic, beautiful city, but not in any conventional sense. The twentieth century was not kind to the Baltics, and scars from Latvia's recent brutalization are visible beneath the easygoing way of life here.
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4. Still Life With Nude by T. Paul Buzan:
Blossoms pirouetted on the surface and were carried away with the current, or became trapped on thin reed stalks. Here Hyeon-mi could be alone, but not always alone. They too had sat like this once, watching the water. The creek was swollen with rain that day, it flowed noisily. His whispered breath had felt warm against her ear.
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Seville, Spain
5. Out of the Sevillian Swelter by Jen Westmoreland Bouchard:
Mind still muddied, I travel down the hallway, attempting to remember what room he's in. I pitch the door ajar, breathing heavily, and hear him groan. Good.
Read "Out of the Sevillian Swelter" >>

NYC, United States
6. CAFÉ DOMA "series", West Village by Farrah Sarafa:
I have been meeting a lot of cafe-goers, lately and as a writer I have them mapped out in my head, a color-schemed café map of New York City. Being able to write or capture some poetic sculpture from its interior, I can soundly say the café is an aquarium; a space dusty with turnover but elegant – in its frame. People that like cafés can't like them more than me, because I have five poems here, written in one sitting at Doma Café.
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NYC, United States
7. Romantic Dream, Lenses, Endless Motion by Farrah Sarafa:
Sniffles and giggles shatter the glass
c r a c k s into pieces with light reflecting various people's faces
like marble does the eyes
blackened with
dusts of
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