For those who pass it without entering, the city is one thing; it is another for those who are trapped by it and never leave. There is a city where you arrive for the first time; and there is another city which you leave never to return. Each deserves a different name…
Helle Annette Slutz’s poem “Another City Which You Leave” was the first poem accepted for publication in the September 2010 issue of Cha. It begins with a quote from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities:
The poem goes on to present poignant and beautifully-crafted snapshots of three Chinese cities: Turfan, Beijing and Shanghai. Pointing her delicate camera at unique aspects of these locales, Helle has made the cities, to which she may or may not return, her own. And we are very grateful for the opportunity to experience these places through her writing.
Bio: Helle Annette Slutz was born and raised in the United States and has lived in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Gambier Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Bloomington, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; and Cork, Ireland, and she currently lives in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 2009, with high honors in English and an emphasis on creative writing. Slutz loves to travel, meet people from around the world, and share languages, cultures, and food. She has published poems in Persimmons, a Kenyon College literary magazine, as well as in Sweet: a Literary Confection.