author of six collections of poetry; poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, The New Republic, and elsewhere; directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA, and the Writers House at Merrimack College
You took the painting of the girl on the stair.
You left the stair. You took the nail
on which the girl in a pink haze hung.
You left the hole in horsehair plaster—
and the crumbling that comes after.
“Division Of” from Nightshade © 2019 by Andrea Cohen. Appears with the permission of Four Way Books. All rights reserved.