Ross Cohen

Rookie (17 May 1986 / Born in New York, reared in Pennsylvania.)

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Ross Cohen graduated from Eckerd College in 2008 with a degree in English Literature. He currently teaches high school English in Alamo, Texas.

Ross occasionally reads his poems at Steel City Coffee House in Pheonixville, Pennsylvania where he can also be seen performing songs.

Ross cites T.S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, and Leonard Cohen as his primary influences. more »

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You’ve murdered brother crow
And stolen his totem spot
Atop our local mythology.

Strop-beaked marauder
stepping lightly, spearing
Toads, over razor grass.

The cloth is seldom tossed
Over your sky; you: blind
To the dimming dark, deaf
To the silence of midnight.

You’d sing the world to sleep
If only your song-strings weren’t tuned
To cackle, to unsettle, never to soothe.

Pale-eyed and pupiled,
A ring of chalk light
Set in a vacant heaven,
A perpetual ...

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