by Sopphey Vance
Open Road Review: South Asia’s Leading Magazine of Literature & Culture. Open Road Review released their May 2016 Issue featuring fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, interviews, and artwork from national and international creators. Editor Kulpreet Yadav says it best in his letter to the editor that the “Internet Internet is our [Open Road Review] juice, it’s our inspiration and our power. We have become …. the carriers of stories through the sluice gates of an increasingly connected world.”
A tale of a woman’s role in her husband’s family is carefully and cunningly crafted in the story by Nadia Kabir Barb. And very poetic as well, starting with the first paragraph, the eye-catching paragraph! “The onions mad her eyes water.” The story is set, the emotions sweep into order thereafter.
Impactful and open writing doesn’t end in the fiction published. Continuing into the creative nonfiction, Supriya Bhatnagar spins us a true tale of the correlation to mangoes and a dreadful event concerning a neighbor. Fereshteh Molavi guides us along to a clumsy little story. And Tadhg Muller lets us tag along on a train ride conversation sparked by The Spectre of Alexander Wolf.
I want to say the poems all follow a similar wave length in their imagaery. But that’s a broad statement without any concern for narrative. Narrative aside. Steffen Hortsmann offers the first line, “Torrents ravage shores beset by surging waves,” Goirick Brahmachari loans, “A stale wind breezes over my face, hungover,” to which Haimanti Dutta Ray adds, “As though it were tidal waters,” which paired with “I’m twenty, and I drink to forget you,” by Megha Rao. It’s just an experience on its own.
Perhaps there is a social norm that every road and bridge must lead to somewhere, and that may make Jéanpaul Ferro’s Bridge to nowhere striking and empty. Or perhaps bridges to nowhere really leave one feeling empty. Regardless this issue of Open Road Review is illustrious and full of meaning, a wonderful read.
Sopphey Vance the poet, yarn artist, and legend resides in South Texas where he battles dragons and unicorns for Five 2 One Magazine.