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Nan Cohen

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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.

by this poet

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.