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Self-Portrait with Eraser

I drew the eraser
first because I knew

it better than I knew
myself and because

it had been around
the block before me

and because it would,
after having its way

with me, rub up against
everything I’d ever loved.


Copyright © 2018 Andrea Cohen. This poem originally appeared in Kenyon Review, November/December 2018. Used with permission of the author.


Andrea Cohen

Andrea Cohen is the author of seven poetry collections, including Unfathoming (Four Way Books, 2017).

Date Published: 2018-11-12

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