Poet's Pick April 23
Antonio Porchia: [Untitled]
Selected by Andrea Cohen
National Poetry Month 2015

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Andrea Cohen's Poetry Month Pick, April 23, 2015

by Antonio Porchia (1885 - 1968)

I know what I have given you.  I do not know what you have received.

Translated by W.S. Merwin. From VOICES. Copyright © 2003 by W. S. Merwin, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC..


* Andrea Cohen Comments:

Antonio Porchia is a lesson in balance and restraint. I love this poem for its directness, for a seeming simplicity that underscores what’s at the crux of human relations: I’m me, and, well, you’re not.

We can desire intimacy, strive for knowing and being known. Yet, as Porchia notes so elegantly, so succinctly, the space between us can or will alchemize anything.

About Andrea Cohen:
Andrea Cohen’s poems and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, PoetryThe Threepenny ReviewThe Atlantic MonthlyThe New RepublicGlimmer TrainThe Hudson Review, etc.  Her poetry collections include Furs Not Mine (Four Way Books 2015), Kentucky Derby (Salmon Poetry 2011), Long Division (Salmon Poetry 2009), and The Cartographer's Vacation (Owl Creek Press 1999). 

She has received a PEN Discovery Award, Glimmer Train's Short Fiction Award, and several fellowships at The MacDowell Colony. She directs the Writers House at Merrimack College and the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA.

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