Ed Ochester

Ed Ochester Poems

October 27, 1989

And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
--Ray Carver

Dreaming About My Father

We're painting the old house in the Hudson Valley
and we're a team, applying the paint so smoothly
that not a drop gets spilled, it's all cream, and
for the first time he has no complaints about


Crows, crows, crows, crows
then the slow flapaway over the hill
and the dead oak is naked

What the Frost Casts Up

A crown of handmade nails, as though
there were a house here once, burned,
where we've gardened for fifteen years;
the ceramic top of an ancient fuse;

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Poet Ed Ochester grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a BA from Cornell University, an MA from Harvard University, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A longtime editor of the Pitt Poetry Series (University of Pittsburgh Press), he is the founding editor of the journal 5AM. His own collections of poetry include We Like It Here ...

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