Even Though

You’d think I’d be used to

rejection by now. For years I saved

my favorite  letters (here’s

one of the all time best sentences:

If only you’d written a different book.

Or this beginning: Even though this is

Entirely Original and Very Good, I can’t

possibly publish it.  I have a folder of letters

with the words Even Though. Thought it would

be a good exhibit. And today’s, harder to save

because it is an email, less satisfying than

the envelope method, “despite the strong appeal,

I’m going to have to pass.”  Even though.

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. A different take on even though

    Even though I read and enjoy your poems daily, this one is Pulitzer prize worthy.

    THanks so much,


  2. Esther, I once was asked by Maurice Carr, then editor of something called Israel Magazine, to write an article as a member of the younger generation about why I came to live on a kibbutz. It was for a special issue of the glossy magazine about the kibbutzim, written by kibbutz members. When the articles arrived, Carr decided they were all “too radical”, paid all of the authors a kill-fee, and then prepared an issue about the kibbutzim written by his staff. A few years later, when I became Managing Editor of New Outlook magazine, Carr submitted an article to us, and I had the pleasure of sending him an “Even though” letter

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