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Elana Bell
Elana Bell
The grandchild of Holocaust survivors, Elana Bell was selected by Fanny Howe to receive the 2011 Walt Whitman Award for her manuscript Eyes, Stones...
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There are things this poem would rather not say:

 
by Elana Bell

We ate labneh and bread in your tents


When we had no water
          we drew it from your well

	
Your camels carried the sand to build our houses
          you built them—your hands—


Fig-tree          prickly-pear          human-flood


You were the wasteland we made bloom






Copyright © 2011 by Elana Bell. Used by permission of the author.
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