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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 4, December 2013


Laura Hill
Watson Lake, Yukon, Canada


The farm hamlets that dot the highway on the Mekong Thai-Laos border have small to mid-size houses. Some are set on stilts, squared or left round, with a full height ground floor that is cooled by the breeze. Others have had their posts replaced with cement, tiled over beams barricaded with cinder blocks.

feathers sing
in a woven grass nest

Each house has one or more garbage containers made of recycled tires—a body turned inside out with handles attached, a loose lid and a solid sidewall base. Most are left black. Some villages have decoratively cut color coded tire flower pots planted with bamboo, vegetables or blooms of yellow, purple or white. On the hard packed red earth around the houses and on the green roadside verge almost no refuse lays loose.

black on white—
mile posts trundle by
bus wheels



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