Aryeh is 82 tomorrow

Aryeh  father of 7 children

maybe 8 does he have a PhD in philosophy

from Hebrew University or Columbia he says

Yes and No  calls himself Doctor Mor

absolutely not a medical doctor his body parts a problem

philosophy more a real possibility he reads in German reads

in French  at the Jerusalem Book Fair we met

when he came to New York we went to dinner

seven nights in a row because Peter was working Aryeh’s friend

Alma  psychiatrist  working too on the last night

in New York we decided to start a publishing company Hebrew

English Arabic Adam in Hebrew Adama in English

Samuel Becket our very first book Dr. Mor loved Beckett and

years between Beckett and Aryeh’s

moving onto our living room couch a story deserving

of literature  Hanan could write it

or one of the great Israeli writers  David Grossman

Romanian boy an only child then Israel and books and books and

and life at its most messy and now he’s back in Israel again

in a small apartment his ex wife owns it and he is reading, reading,

saying he doesn’t want to celebrate 82 although he does.


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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