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any and all feedback is appreciated!! looking to improve my writing voice, so criticisms/suggestions are especially welcome.


August 16, 2020

The barista hands me a latte, and I smile with thanks. I love it here: this intimate cafe bookstore, the guohua painting lessons a few shops down, the escape room next door, the one with porcelain vases and an unassuming go board that my brother found covering our exit.

I love it here so much it hurts, and I etch this moment into my mind, opening the book in front of me so that everything is perfect. But then I see rows of characters, ones I can't read, and I wonder when my birthplace became my vacation place.
"guohua": 国画 (Chinese traditional painting)
"go": refers to the Chinese chess go


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  • Tula.S

    beautiful! I love the repetition of "I love it here" and the last sentence is so powerful. It makes me want to read it again.

    3 months ago
  • Writing4Life

    Congrats on getting shortlisted!

    3 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Congrats on being mentioned! This piece hits pretty hard.

    3 months ago
  • chrysanthemums&ink

    congrats on being shortlisted! this piece particularly struck me, as i'm trying to learn (relearn) chinese now, but to no avail.

    3 months ago