Division Of

By Andrea Cohen

You took the painting
of the girl on the stair.

You left the stair.
You took the nail

on which the girl
in a pink haze hung.

You left the hole
in horsehair plaster—

and the crumbling
that comes after.

Andrea Cohen’s most recent book is Unfathoming (Four Way Books, 2017). She directs the Writers House at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, and the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge.

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