“A wall,” the farmer thought. To mark my land, to keep my crops, to guard my sheep. “I will build a wall.” Toiling for months in the sun, the heat as much as the cold, turning up soil to turn up the stones. At the start and the end of long days, always adding more. But it didn’t keep out the birds, it didn’t keep out the fox or the wolves, the deer or the weeds, it didn’t even keep in the sheep. And it didn’t keep the forest from returning when the farmer went into the earth. The forest just waited patiently, knowing all along that it was only a matter of time.
-Alexis Clements, 2017
composed while at the Millay Colony for the Arts
You can now purchase copies of Sinister Wisdom 101: Variations, the issue that I was invited to guest edit. The journal celebrated 40 years of publishing this summer. Read journal editor Julie Enszer’s essay about the issue here.
Artists and writers included in the volume, include:
Elvis B, Trish Salah, Fran Winant, Susana Cook, Leah Gilliam, Clarity Haynes, Stacy Szymaszek, Damien Luxe, Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow, Sara Jane Stoner, Dale Wolf, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Imani Sims, Merril Mushroom, Erica Cardwell,Alexis Danzig, Mothertongue Feminist Theater Collective, Rae Theodore, Barbara Ruth, and Liena Vayzman.
Cover art for the volume is by Clarity Haynes.