Hektoen International

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Tag: Bryant Phan

  • The illusion of rainbows

    Bryant PhanPalo Alto, California, United States The street lamps in my neighborhood flicker in Technicolor before shutting off. A glimmer of orange surrounding the houses outside the window catches my eye. The outline of each house turns grey before imprinting a series of geometrical shapes in the back of my mind. My father obsessively keeps…

  • The Secret War

    Bryant Phan¬† Oakland, CA, USA I. War Factories When the war settled, Papa left but his ghost still slept in our apartment. The first few months after he stormed out, Mama cried herself into a steel mill of a woman. She is big-boned, hot tempered, and heaves like a factory during a busy sunrise. At…