October 2020

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The year 2020 turned into a tragic new beginning when COVID-19 entered our world. In a matter of months the Coronavirus traveled around the globe affecting every area of our lives. Much of the world entered into quarantine causing everyone to suffer. The devastating virus caused people to spiral into panic, rage, anxiety, fear, and depression. Prachya Review chose Isolation, Emotion, and Beyond as a theme followed by broader themes: exploring the self in isolation and perspectives about belonging in a community. We wanted to give you a space to express your emotions and share your experiences about what this pandemic has meant to you. In this way we can show the world that we are united in pain, struggle, and devastation. A net of darkness may have been cast over our world but we will overcome it and have a future that will shine bright. Thank you for contributing to Prachya Review. Your submissions mean the world to us.

POETRY EDITOR: SHAFINUR SHAFIN (BANGLADESH)

PROSE EDITOR:  ANIKA SHAH (BANGLADESH) & IAN CRAVEN (US)

COVER PHOTO: MAHMUD HASAN (AUSTRALIA-BANGLADESH)

Contents

Poems

HOPE AND OTHER POEM BY FAYEZA HASANAT

LIVING FLAME —OR— HOW IT FEELS TO BE ON FIRE AND CORONATION BY ROY DUFFIELD

THE HIP-HOP DANCE BY YI JUNG CHEN

HAIBUN BY NISHI PULUGURTHA

I NEED AN ERASER BY J ALAM

SMALL LIFE AND OTHER POEM BY KAROL NIELSEN

DEAR IMPENDING SENSE OF DOOM AND OTHER POEM BY DAN MICHAEL FIELDING

AFTER THE WAR BY MATTHEW WILSON

UNREQUITED BY MARCIELLE BRANDLER

THIS LIFE BY PEYCHO KANEV

MAYHEM IN THE MANGROVES BY TASNIMA YASMIN

WHAT IS IT LIKE? BY ANIKA SHAH

Stories

DISTILLATIONS BY SHALOM GALVE ARANAS

LUNAR LAMENT BY MARK BLICKLEY

Article

RACISM, TRAVEL AND THE NOBLE SAVAGE IN TRANSLATION BY MARGARET SAINE