‘Forests of Antarctica’: December 2013’s edition of Long Story, Short Journal

Photo © Дмитрий Смирнов (Dmitrii Smirnov)

Photo © Дмитрий Смирнов (Dmitrii Smirnov)

“That’s it. Three weeks worth of stuff packed in twenty minutes. It might be a personal best,” Sam said, hovering in the doorway. It was after midnight when Sam walked into the kitchen of their cottage, where Diana liked to do her work at the massive butcher block table, and he looked tired but there was a warm glow in his cheeks. Diana stared at the screen, typing things that she would have to erase later and making notes that meant nothing.

‘The Forests of Antarctica’ by Courtney Watson takes place in Ushuaia, Argentina–the last stop before Antarctica–where the motto is the end of the world, the beginning of everything. Here we find a couple coping with the strain of distance as the husband ventures off on long-term scientific expeditions, leaving his wife to welcome a visitor from his past. Watson’s work is understated and moving, accompanied by a photo by Russian photographer Dimitrii Smirnov.

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