On Infinite Repeat

Will it rain and should I

buy olives and is there a viable

candidate and can he who will not

be named  be defeated

what will happen to this country

and what will happen to the Palestinians

and Israel what will happen to Israel

and will I ever read James Joyce again

and should I volunteer for Stacey Abrams

if she wins the south will be changed and so will

this country and how can I connect my stories

so that they are not called Linked Stories because

those words are no longer popular and should I

publish 20 poems about County Route 20

and can we stay upstate in September and what about

dinner after the movie dinner after the dinner what about

exercise and should I buy the graphic novel

nominated for the Booker prize and how can we help the children

the immigrants how can we help the divide and what about

Khanyi and college where should she go and maybe after all

I will write my Instagram novel not a novel exactly more words

that look a little like pictures there should be a murder so

people will keep reading Alice Just Leaving isn’t enough

maybe it is and what about sleep last night I listed to my favorite

podcast Sleep With Me guaranteed to make you sleep and although

I didn’t sleep much Scooter talked about how sand gets on sand

paper and if it’s real sand and he said that some of his most avid listeners

are in Malta and I started thinking about that.  Why Malta?


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.


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