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The History of a Lake Never Drowns
Julia Cohen
dancing girl press, 2008
$7.00 (includes S&H)





















Julia Cohen has chapbooks out or forthcoming with horse less press, H_NGM_N B__KS, Small Fires Press (with Mathias Svalina), Transmission Press (with MS), and Greying Ghost Press (with MS). She lives deep in Brooklyn and blogs at www.onthemessiersideofneat.blogspot.com.






There Was a Bridge of Tattered Rugs

I've cut the rope-swing, carved scars in a tree
I've taken a glass bottle and shingled its sides
I've taken some velvet leg and tossed it in the gully of my bed
I've wasted quilt

A nightgown soaked in milk
The bassinet sleeping in the greenhouse
A boat-shaped spider crabbing the high corner
What have I done to this world

The fairness of snap peas
Did that sound leave me
Iíve tattered a rug to bridge the embankment
but the cry came from below

Iíve leeched from and leeched from
and left what I could no longer hold
No refuge is permanent
The human voice
Pelts of my name