The stories coming to you in this issue of Hot Metal Bridge are very different expressions. Sarah Roth’s gorgeous “Night Flights” is a playful, cerebral, and imaginative retelling of a flight that Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Le Corbusier shared over South America in 1929. David E. Yee’s narrator, in “Once You’ve Gone Back Home”, weaves together past friendships intimately with the lack that he feels. “Saudi Camp”, an excerpt of Jennifer Amell’s novel-in-progress, is rich in sensuous detail and lush prose that draws us into 1956, during the nationalization of the Suez Canal.
Each of these stories reaches beyond the personal to reveal their characters by and through particular, peculiar moments of history. They dare to confront, by varying degrees, the politics of our world. Each takes a discreet form, but are all beautifully wrought; I am grateful to the authors for their work.