For Tonight and What We Say

For tonight I am teaching a class

about writing and what we want to say

and also what we don’t.  When I write a story

or tell one what I don’t say is the story too. There’s

a  prostitute in my building with an impressive clientele.

And the story, if I am telling it now is not how

he found his line of work what he thinks about his job

the story is not even what happens in those hours.

We can imagine that.  The story is all those people,

one after another, looking for something very simple.

And thinking, for an hour or two, that they’ve found

what they are looking for.

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. Even the word male prostitute takes us up a different staircase then what we first assume. It’s a whole different ballgame so to speak. Thanks, Esther.

  2. How much work must the reader do?
    Isn’t that the basic question?
    The prostitute is interesting
    By herself because
    I’m doing all the work.

    How to get the reader
    To want to do most of the work:
    That’s the real question.
    Like a boss vs a leader.
    Boss gets people
    To do what he wants
    Leader gets people
    To want to do what he wants.

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