a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
what do we take with us?
do we carry everything in one thin suitcase?
are we walking are we running?
and when we arrive far away, white cedar,
at where we are going,
how will we prove we were once
born, linden, in the place that is no more,
married there, owned that house,
had these children, died?
and if we want to return someday, linden,
to that place that we left,
will the authorities
who stamped the papers
we no longer have
let us in?
Helena Lipstadt was born in Berlin and lives in Los Angeles and Blue Hill, Maine. She studied with poets Melanie Kaye Kantrowitz and Irena Klepfisz, among others. Lipstadt’s poems have been featured in Rattling Wall, Sinister Wisdom, Trivia, basalt, Porter House Review (forthcoming), The Cape Rock (forthcoming), and elsewhere. Lipstadt is the author of two chapbooks, Leave Me Signs and If My Heart Were A Desert. She has been awarded writing residencies at WUJS Arts Project, Arad, Israel and Borderland Foundation, Sejny, Poland.