Two Weeks Later He Flew Off to Afghanistan Again

by Barry Basden

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Barry Basden lives in the Texas hill country. He edits Camroc Press Review and is coauthor of CRACK! AND THUMP: WITH A COMBAT INFANTRY OFFICER IN WORLD WAR II. He is currently working on a collection of compressed pieces related to war, which has long fascinated him.

Yours will be our first published triptych. What did you think of the idea?

I fell in love with the idea of a triptych as soon as I saw the call for submissions and set to work immediately. It lets authors add historical context and be as playful or serious as they want, going off on tangents to entice the reader down trails away from the actual story. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve begun researching something and come to my senses hours later far from where I started. The Internet makes this easy and your triptych project is an apt complement.

I have been working on this story for a while now and your 300 word limit helped. I cut 50 words and I’ve never liked it better. As a Matter Press triptych, it’s found the perfect home.


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Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions are now closed. The reading period for standard submissions opens again March 15, 2023. Submit here.


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