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Lynn Cohen


Explore more of Lynn Cohen’s work in her new poetry pamphlet  NOTHING TO BE SORRY FOR, currently in release from O:JA&L’s Buttonhook Press 2023 Pamphlet Series.

Angel Applicant by Paul Klee

I sleep on the sofa
to be close to my dog
who has hurt her leg
and cannot take stairs.
We are practicing for
old age, when we will
spend our nights
wherever she is.
I fear it is the only
natural thing left in me—
this need to protect her
even as I know
at the end
it will be me who
summons the vet
and then her black
face with white muzzle
through the glass
as I come up the walk
will be gone
and for the first time
in a while
I will sleep in my bed.


About the writer:
Lynn Glicklich Cohen has been published in Amelia, Amethyst Magazine, Brushfire Literature and Arts Journal, Cantos, El Portal, Flights, Front Range Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Oberon Poetry Magazine, Peregrine, SLAB, Spotlong Review, St. Katherine’s Review, Swamp Ape Review, Thin Air Magazine, and Trampoline. Her novel, A Terrible Case of Beauty, was published by Trebol Press in 2013. She received a Masters of Social Work from Simmons College in Boston and practiced as a clinical social worker for several years in Boston and Baltimore. She then moved to Vermont and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston.

Image: Angel Applicant by Paul Klee (1879-1940). Gouache, ink, and graphite on paper mounted on cardboard. 25.7 x 17.5 inches. 1939. Public domain.

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