And Then, or More in Israel (AGRAM)

it took me almost ten years
to write a book about Nazareth.
It takes me ten years to write
anything. No Charge for Looking
tells the story of Agram, one
of the heroes, a Palestinian
seller of olive wood tchotchkes.
He’d repeat those words all day:
No Charge for Looking. Tourists
came and went. Women of all ages.
He’d invite for coffee and we’d
all sit together I stayed there for
days so I could listen. Agram would
tell the story of his life, more or less.
His versions had a clear relationship
to audience. The women were from
Western countries. Many of them
wore Birkenstocks. With some
of the women, his story continued.
And I’d do my best to write it down.

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.

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