County Route 20 (Inga)

(I have always wanted to write Spoon River Anthology, again. Only my characters wouldn’t be Dead Men Complaining. (I liked Spoon River anthology. There’s nothing wrong with Dead Men Complaining. My characters would live along County Route 20, a real and unreal road in the middle of Greene County. I’ll call this county Blue, in the poem. Also: people who know more than I do told me not to write Explanations. Readers don’t like Explanations. So for those readers who don’t, SKIP THIS.)


I met my husband

online in Texas. Divorced

from a man in Germany

I came to Texas to marry

Rick. We met online. Rick is a big man and I’m

big too. We moved to New York

so that Rick could work for his brother

in construction. I don’t like

Rick’s brother but I do like our house

and our big barbecue. I got a job

working for a friend of Rick’s brothers

in a dentist’s office nearby. My yard

is immaculate. Weeds don’t dare to grow.


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. You’re the perfect person to write a Spoon River for the 21st century: both County Route 20 and 74th Street.

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