About the Author

Some people have asked me if I will post OTHER PEOPLE’s POEMS. I’d like to. But I’m not sure what YOU think. Tell me. Here’s a poem I read yesterday that I LOVED LOVED LOVED. I am sometimes asked to write these crazy things. About the Author. Elizabeth Willis did a perfect job.

About her: the air, warm as fact.
An imaginary boat heading off to hell, her foot pushing it offshore.
The sunlit bank, emerge of the perfect past.
She was barking at the waves, thinking they barked first.
But this was not a river. It was Thursday, a word cast in lead.
Her eye had turned the water into sky.
The poet is a trespasser.
The poet is the king of Rome, New York, with one foot in a boat and one against the snowy shore of reason.
Wondering if, like a boy, she could go there for a season.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. Which poems you might choose to share will offer further insight into you, especially if you take a moment to write a bit about your reason for sharing. I only occasionally write poems but I read the poems of others every single day and am fortified by them. I can’t imagine my life without poems. Often a whole new conversation can emerge when one poem speaks back to another. I love reading your poems, of course, but would welcome your introducing me to others as well.

  2. Well, my sense is that you have created a new genre of an Esther Cohen poem a day, which I wouldn’t want you to give up on. It’s a great discipline, though possibly tiring. Only if you feel exhausted by it would the idea of adding other people’s poems make sense. But you’re the boss (of this wonderful blog). Up to you to decide.

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