Self-Portrait with Eraser
I drew the eraser
first because I knewit better than I knew
myself and becauseit had been around
the block before meand because it would,
after having its waywith me, rub up against
everything I’d ever loved.
Copyright © 2018 by Andrea Cohen
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission
Andrea Cohen’s most recent poetry collection is Unfathoming. Her sixth collection, Nightshade, will be published by Four Way Books in 2019. Cohen’s poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Writers House at Merrimack College.
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