Dinner with Phillip Roth

Dinner with Phillip Roth,

So many years ago
friend Jean called
early one morning
why should you
sleep if I can’t she said
I sat next to a man last night
I think you should marry him
he was very funny and Aaron
thinks he’s a terrific writer.
He’s a lot older but So What.
He’s going to call you this morning.
You’ll like him she said. I
would marry him myself she added,
although she was married already.
Here’s what I remember she said.
He wrote a book with the words
Hello or Goodbye in the title
and his name is Phillip.
Phillip Roth?
Do you know him already?
Of course I don’t I said.
I was very very happy
when he called. Phillip Roth.
We agreed to meet at seven.
Jean called the next
morning to find out
What Happened.
He was too crazy for me.
I said. Not true
my friend Jean replied.

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. Great story, true or not. It evokes two associations in my mind. One is the James, James Bond thing. And the other is a song by The Beatles that seems to have been lost in the shuffle, Hello, Goodbye.
    Roth may be crazy, but Aaron was right, he’s a terrific writer.

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