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God Is a Tree: And Other Middle-Age Prayers

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Poetry. Esther Cohen writes with humor and joy and lots of energy. You can't help but smile when you encounter her delightful images. In her title poem, for example, you learn that she once wrote a poem and "'God Is a Tree' was the title. / Louis Savitsky didn't like it./ He asked why / I had the chutzpah / to believe I knew. / A few years later, Louis's daughter / became ...more
Paperback, 65 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Pleasure Boat Studio (first published 2008)
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Janet
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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A tiny, fabulous book of poems, a distinctive quiet, humorous voice, about getting older. And who isn't getting older? Sensible and yet original, nothing sentimental or smarmy, this is great great poetry couched in a 'who, me?' way. Esther Cohen has a brand new fan in me. I am going to buy a zillion copies of this, the perfect gift. Takes 2 0 minutes to read, if that, yet I know it will keep me company for years and years. I'd put it between Allen Ginsberg and a book of Rumi maybe.

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Lauren Grosskopf
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book of poetry, as well as her Breakfast with Allen Ginsberg. She has a lightness, brevity and depth all at once.
Cynthia
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"...a long time ago./ I wrote a prayer then, too./ God Is a Tree was my title./ Louis Savitsky didn't like it./ Afterwards he asked me/ why I had the chutzpah/ to think that God was a tree./ His daughter became a Scientologist."
Little gems from New York poet Esther Cohen. For more fun, look for her collaboration with Roz Chast, "Don't Mind Me."
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A collection of 72 prayers, in the form of poems, numbered like the songs – written by an agnostic. This exercise in devotion-without-God inadvertently founds a new school of Buddhist poetry.

FIFTY EIGHT

Sue said
if today
was my last day,
what would I do?
Certainly not dust.

Amen
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Well it shouldn't be impossible for me to write a biography that is honest and satisfying and helpful and maybe even funny. But it is.

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