We are master collectors

of useless objects



do not miss

Sunday morning flea market

Preston Hollow New York

if we can help it

do not go for valuable anythings.

random and irrational

non-narrative collectors,

we seek objects with a certain feel,

or we just like them.


Umbrella handles

My first significant collection.

I found a box of them

Goodwill on 21st Street

IWashington, D.C.

walking to a college class.

I don’t remember the class

I do remember how happy I was

finding a cardboard box

with umbrella handles just the handles

up to you to imagine the umbrellas.



Peter likes lamps. Working or not.

Over the years he has bought hundreds.

Some look alive when

They are turned on

Others just sit there

Like lamps.

He bought one today, beaded

headdress, elegant twisted base.



Annie found a fantastic

gargoyle to place outside on our round

Syrian tray. It’s elegant and heavy

and unexpected, with something like arms

That hold flowers and candles and maybe

a dish of dark chocolate.

I buy many earrings.

Not a careful discriminating earring shopper,

I don’t look for a perfect pair. .

I usually buy them from my favorite dealer he is from

Schenectady he has a gun and a

mental disorder he told me his condition

has a long name in another language

he is a wonderful guy as crazy about jewelry

as I am Please Take This he said to me about a Timex

watch wildly decorated red band no other watch like this

in the world he said. Put it on and tell your husband

to take you to dinner at Anthony’s on the River.

Save your pennies for lasagna.






Esther Cohen
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