All You Can Do
Who can keep pace
with each new dictator?
You wake up and streets
have new names.
All you can do
is stay up all night
with a girl who gets
between you and the all-
night lights of the sullen,
conscripted, all-night sign painters.
Andrea Cohen’s poems and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Glimmer Train, The Hudson Review, etc. Her poetry collections include Furs Not Mine (Four Way Books 2015), Kentucky Derby (Salmon Poetry 2011), Long Division (Salmon Poetry 2009), and The Cartographer’s Vacation (Owl Creek Press 1999).
She has received a PEN Discovery Award, Glimmer Train’s Short Fiction Award, and several fellowships at The MacDowell Colony. She directs the Writers House at Merrimack College and the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA.
She can be found on the web here: www.andreacohen.org
Image– Carlo Carrà, La strada di casa, 1900