2 Poems by Andrea Cohen


She stood a long
time at the door

as if wanting
to come in,

as if invisible
arrows lodged

within would
forbid it.


If I had one, it
would be an orchid

blossom falling
along my throat,

one petal
torn, tumbling

onto torso,
another inked

inside your hand.

Andrea Cohen's sixth poetry collection, Nightshade, will be published next year. Recent books include Unfathoming and Furs Not Mine. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series and the Writers House at Merrimack College.

Elijah Tubbs