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Nan Cohen received a BA from Yale University and an MA and CPhil in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Unfinished City (Gunpowder Press, 2017) and Rope Bridge (Cherry Grove Collections, 2005). Cohen has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and Stanford University, among others. She currently directs the poetry program at the Napa Valley Writers Conference and lives in Los Angeles, California.

A Newborn Girl at Passover

Consider one apricot in a basket of them.
It is very much like all the other apricots--
an individual already, skin and seed.

Now think of this day.  One you will probably forget.
The next breath you take, a long drink of air.
Holiday or not, it doesn't matter.

A child is born and doesn't know what day it is.
The particular joy in my heart she cannot imagine.
The taste of apricots is in store for her.

Copyright © 1998 by Nan Cohen. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Copyright © 1998 by Nan Cohen. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Nan Cohen

Nan Cohen is the author of Unfinished City (Gunpowder Press, 2017) and Rope Bridge (Cherry Grove Collections, 2005). She lives in Los Angeles, California.