Matthew Hobson
Dream Car

Matthew Hobson - Dream Car

Creative Nonfiction
Matthew Hobson’s work has appeared in literary journals including Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Chattahoochee Review, River City, South Dakota Review,… Read more »
Elena Kua
Engraving

Elena Kua - Engraving

Creative Nonfiction
Elena Kua is a freelance editor-writer in Malaysia. Her work has appeared in Newfound Journal. Read more »
Amy Wright
The Crystal Lattice

Amy Wright - The Crystal Lattice

Creative Nonfiction
Amy Wright is the author of Everything in the Universe and Cracker Sonnets, both forthcoming in 2016. She is also… Read more »

Engraving

Elena Kua

Sometimes I doubt that it’s my father I’m trying to save. What I’m really trying to save, I think, is one particular memory: Batu Pahat in the 1940s and ’50s, my father’s hometown in the southernmost state of Malaysia. I’m already coming to terms with his losing a grip on other things. It isn’t Alzheimer’s—or isn’t a full-blown disease yet—but it’s too early to know exactly what we’re dealing with unless he relents and sees a doctor. He finds it laborious to match names to faces; he forgets what he ate before; the dishes of green and yellow served for dinner elude him as to what they are called. Even as these memories slip like windblown dust off a cliff—a cliff he walks inexorably towards—the Batu Pahat of my father’s childhood remains chiseled on stone face. It will remain, I hope, long after he leaves this earth, a marker of long sunny days and cool breeze licking the face.

In reality, though, Batu Pahat itself is slipping away. The sleepy rural town I knew from yearly family pilgrimages in the 1990s and early 2000s has since boomed into Johor’s “Northern Shopping Paradise,” and I find myself mourning for an… Read more »