By Anna Halberstadt

A thin hand with a cigarette in the window
and the trail of smoke
dissolving in the evening air
and you
you remain standing
on the platform of a deserted
train station
slowly moving in the opposite direction.
Fall in love again
for new love
always remembers and reflects the previous one
in a crooked mirror.
Eventually differences will blur,
eventually you will feel
you love all of them
past and present,
or don’t care for any,
what the hell…


Anna Halberstadt was born and raised in Vilnius, in the family of a Vilnius University professor. Her roots go many generations back in her native city, that for centuries had been on the crossroads of many different languages and cultures. She moved to Moscow at eighteen to study psychology at Moscow State University and she immigrated from the FSU twelve years later. She has found that poetry turned out to be a more adequate and condensed way for her to continue the same themes that she touched upon in her writing as a psychologist—growing up as a child of Holocaust survivors in a country that still is struggling with the past trauma, living in three countries—Lithuania, Russia, US, immigration, and of course, the eternal poetry themes—love, loss, death, communications or absence of such in our lives. Anna Halberstadt studied with Saskia Hamilton and Eileen Myles. Her creative work has been accepted by Cimarron Review, St. Petersburg Review, Tiferet and Bluestem, as well as translated for Lithuanian journals like Literatura ir Menas and Shiaures Athenai.

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