Andrea Cohen

Calendar
May 12, 2013 Cohen Andrea

Calendar

 

Some people, after the day

has passed, scratch on X

 

inside that box, as if

the past were a treasure

 

map and the sweet spot

for digging just missed.

 

Others, more hurried, employ

a slash-and-yearn policy,

 

their single diagonal suggesting

a ladder that showed up

 

too late for actual scrambling.

At the edge of known

 

physics, theorists like to say

days and minutes don’t exist.

 

But calendars do: you can mass

produce them with snapshots

 

of aspirations in Lisbon and Madrid.

In a pinch, in winter, they make

 

fine logs for the fire; in summer,

fans for shadeless expanses.

 

The fans burn too. Days are

like that: elastic and highly flammable.

Andrea Cohen‘s fifth collection poetry collection is Unfathoming (Four Way Books, 2017.) New poems are forthcoming in The New YorkerThe Threepenny ReviewTikkun, and elsewhere. Cohen directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Writers House at Merrimack College.