poem index

Poem-A-Day

Through Poem-a-Day, we present original, previously unpublished poems by our country's most talented poets throughout the week and classic poems on the weekends. 

learn more

Sort of Coping

About this Poem 

“‘Sort of Coping’ came out of a writing assignment Kate Schapira, poet and author of The Soft Place, assigned to our audience at Berl’s, a poetry-only bookstore in Brooklyn that I co-run with my partner, poet Jared White. I was trying to compose a letter to Uriah Heep, David Copperfield’s antagonist, perhaps trying to address his terribleness, yet realizing what we have in common is loss.”
Farrah Field

Sort of Coping

Farrah Field

Why is anyone in the world so terrible. Real catastrophe
and catastrophizing. If we only knew when it was going to
      happen.

I saw you put your hands on the floor. Intimacy without
      disturbances.
The scope here of memorization, planets. The history of children

sitting still. You are so cute in all your facebook photos.
When you moved to Portland I forgot we used to call you

Tumbleweed Tex. All those barking dogs, feathered hair.
We have something in common I never mention. I wish

I’d written it down and folded it into one of your piles
saying I want to read every one of these books! Do you think

you’ll have read them all before the end of time. Did you go in
to see her when she was dead. Maybe you already knew.
 

Copyright © 2015 by Farrah Field. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on May 5, 2015, by the Academy of American Poets. 

Copyright © 2015 by Farrah Field. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on May 5, 2015, by the Academy of American Poets.