Slaters Supermarket Writing Group

Many book clubs writing groups
many of us who gather for one reason
or another we are more or less the same.
We love Barbara Kingsolver
or Barack Obama we see foreign films
we all exercise.
Slater’s Supermarket Writing Class
in Cairo, New York sponsored by
Cairo Public Library free for anyone who shops
at the supermarket doesn’t matter if they buy
twinkies or sheeps milk yogurt
one dollar cake or three dollar water
eight supermarket shoppers came to write last night We
live in this county and shop at Slaters.
Our unifying factor. One woman,
overweight single mother on crutches,
began her first exercise her introduction
to all of us: In another life
she wrote, I will be a novelist
or a painter. I’ll live alone,
with rotating lovers. Earning a living
will not be a problem. And I’ll say no
much less often than yes.

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 Comment

  1. I love this poem. Everyone should have a passion like Slaters Supermarket Writing Group. Something that wakes them up in the morning and doesn’t let their mind go to bed early just because they’re bored and can’t figure out what to do next.

    Keep it coming, Esther!

    Joe B.

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