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Esther Cohen
Esther Cohen

is a novelist and poet living in New York City. She's the author of several books, including Book Doctor. Read more of her writing on her blog I Am and I Am Not.

A Home Is People

by Esther Cohen

A photo-poem for Sukkot in celebration of shelter and wandering, harvest and shared meals.

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A Home Is People

These Days Are a Thousand Times Richer When We Celebrate Every Day

by Esther Cohen

Three poems to celebrate new beginnings every day, atoning, and reconciling.

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These Days Are a Thousand Times Richer When We Celebrate Every Day

Easter, Passover, Spring Continues

by Esther Cohen

With the celebrations of Easter and Passover in our rearview mirrors, a poem and a postcard for the year to come.

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Easter, Passover, Spring Continues

Passover, Easter, Spring: The Stories of Us All

by Esther Cohen

A photo-poem to celebrate the first night of Passover and life’s endless series of stories.

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Passover, Easter, Spring: The Stories of Us All

Our Liberations Are Connected: Passover’s Meaning in 2016

by Esther Cohen

Our lives and our liberations are bound up in each other. A photo-poem exploration of hope, freedom, and the meaning of exodus.

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Our Liberations Are Connected: Passover’s Meaning in 2016

The Eight Candle: I Wanted To Be Him

by Esther Cohen

For the final night of Hanukkah, a poem brought on by Allen Ginsberg.

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The Eight Candle: I Wanted To Be Him

The Seventh Candle: We Got Older

by Esther Cohen

The penultimate night celebrates getting older and the embers within.

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The Seventh Candle: We Got Older

The Sixth Candle: Kindness Is Right Up There

by Esther Cohen

Finding the light isn’t difficult if you find the kindness that stands before you in the face of someone you may never have met. A poem for Hanukkah.

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The Sixth Candle: Kindness Is Right Up There

The Fifth Candle: Memorable Rejection

by Esther Cohen

Just past the midpoint of the festival of lights, a glowing reminder that people sometimes say no.

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The Fifth Candle: Memorable Rejection

The Fourth Candle: Can I Call You Back?

by Esther Cohen

The light of Hanukkah can be found in the voice. A postcard on the fondness of listening and the musical warmth of words.

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The Fourth Candle: Can I Call You Back?
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