The Black Hawk is the bus in Iraq and I’m on my way to work.

AL-HILLA BY MARC LADERMAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 71

I’m an old man in a war zone, 52 years and aging. I’m in the back seat of a US Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. It’s always the last seat taken because of the prop wash. Both side doors are open and the chill wind is lashing my face. The Black Hawk is the quotidian bus in Iraq and I’m on my way to work.


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 71

GETAWAY BY NANCY LIND, REARVIEW BY SHAWN LACY, SMOKE BY JOSHUA FOUST, THE BOOKSTORE BY WILLIAM FALO, AL-HILLA BY MARC LADERMAN, ANXIETY BY LANE SCOGGINS.