HANNAH COHEN | POETRY

Desert Fathers

And the V’ahavta ……… he tells me is ……… about devotion to God ……… why I ought to pass down

knowledge to my children bind ……… their hands to the doorpost make ……… them learn about Torah

the prayers to ……… Moses & Abraham & Jacob & Isaac my ……… children will begin to understand

sometimes Dads are not your real Dads maybe ……… their real Dad is still wandering ……… no

change of clothes ……… no cash ……… no comb ……… how my own Dad died in a hotel room

where he met Hagar ……… she gave him no children ……… they are eating bagels in a promised land

while my children pass through ……… that burning place ……… I am the first ……… and the last to go

Hannah Cohen lives in Virginia. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Bad Anatomy (Glass Poetry Press, 2018). She’s a contributing editor for Platypus Press and co-editor of Cotton Xenomorph. Recent and forthcoming publications include Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Yes Poetry, Gravel, Noble/Gas Qtrly, Longleaf Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere.

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