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by Andrea Cohen

Everything was beautiful and nothing
, Kurt Vonnegut said.

Everything was beautiful
and nothing hurt
, the girl

slurred to the artist
at the tattoo parlor.

The word made
flesh isn’t fictional.

It’s beautiful.
It hurts.

Andrea Cohen’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Four Way Books will publish her fifth collection, Unfathoming, in early 2017. Other recent books include Furs Not Mine and Kentucky Derby. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Writers House at Merrimack College. (12/2016)

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