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About the Cover — Spring 2023

The theme of this issue came from a line in a Robert Frost poem: “Before I built a wall, I’d ask to know / What I was walling in or walling out…” When our cover illustrator Aicha El Beloui read that line, she thought about a Tetris: “It is one of the few thought-provoking metaphors that asks whether we lose or win by building a wall? Some ways of walling provide permanent shelter, some create room for growth, others are destructive and others harmless. It is ultimately about mindful wall building: what do we get? what do we give? when is it protection? when is it prohibition?”

Aicha El Beloui is an illustrator and graphic designer. She lives in Olympia.

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