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Ray Nayler

Ray Nayler is a diplomat with the US Department of State, posted to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Over the past decade, he has lived and worked in Moscow, many of the Central Asian republics and in Afghanistan. Ray has work upcoming or published in the Beloit Poetry Journal, PiF Magazine and Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics.

The idiot birds

[ fiction - december 12 ]

"The foreigners smiled as the driver introduced him. He shook their hands, but dumped their names out of his mind immediately upon hearing them, even the name of the woman."

Night and nowhere: Khujand to Istaravshan

[ places - april 10 ]

"The car is drifting slowly through a Central Asian city at night. This particular city is Khujand, but it could be a city in almost any of the Central Asian 'Stans where I have spent most of the last six years of my life."

Cities in dust

[ fiction - march 08 ]

"I am exhausted, somewhere in the Russian hinterland, conversing with a cabbie about life. And you, who felt completely justified in criticising me, are where?"

Shopping in Fortress America

[ places - september 07 ]

"Safety does not exist here, outside or inside the walls. One moment you are alive and feeling safe; and the next minute you are dead."

Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird

[ places - november 06 ]

"The teachers are trying to figure out a Turkmen name for their organization, and a way to word things so that the KNB, the secret police here, will not shut them down. "