paper • 136 pages • 16.95
ISBN-13: 978-1-945588-68-6
Pub Date: February 15, 2021


Andrea Cohen

Reviewed in Publishers Weekly
Featured in Lambda Literary’s February’s Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books List

The poems in Everything, Andrea Cohen’s seventh collection, traffic in wonder and woe, in dialogue and interior speculation. Humor and gravity go hand in hand here. Cohen’s poems have the rueful irony of a stand-up comic playing to an empty room. But look around: there are wrecking balls, zebras, lovers, milk money. It’s a room to hang around in.

“Wrecking Ball”

Its offices are thin
air. On days off

it still goes in—
wrecking balls are

workaholics. They
hang around up

there, and even
the idea of big

sky crumbles.

Praise by Christian Wiman
Praise by David Orr for "The New York Times"
Praise from "Publishers Weekly"

The poems in Everything are so short and sharply formed, and so individually memorable, that one is caught off guard by their cumulative force. This is a work of great and sustained attention, true intelligence, and soul.

This is acutely literary writing that wears its literariness lightly enough for long journeys to unfamiliar places.

…A master stylist, Cohen uses em dashes and commas with an exactness that allows each poem to become elliptical and self-contained. These poems take no ‘thing’ for granted, not even the concept of eternity, as Cohen declares in ‘Openings’: ‘I didn’t want// forever forever.’ It is the wit that astounds here, and an intelligence that sees the world anew.