To Whom it May Concern

By Andrea Cohen Andrea Cohen

For Harry Cobb

Soon I’ll move to Norway.
If that’s a bitter pill,

well, swill, swallow. I’m going,
and I won’t wallow, not in Norway,

where they’re so beyond
slave labor, with laws that say

a clerk must work within five
meters of a window through

which she can see a tree
and by that tree be seen.

My mind’s made up.
I will be Norwegian with Norwegian

trees. I’ll be seer and be seen.
It’s a scenic scene, it’s

how it goes, I’m going.
Tell the top brass, if

they ask, I don’t give
a damn about their asses.

But I will miss the beeches and the ashes.
It’s not their fault I’m leaving.

They’re only trees, and
leaving, I’m Norwegian.

Source: Poetry (January 2010).


This poem originally appeared in the January 2010 issue of Poetry magazine

January 2010
 Andrea  Cohen


Andrea Cohen's poems and stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, the Threepenny Review, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, Glimmer Train, the Hudson Review, and elsewhere. Her poetry collections include Furs Not Mine (2015), Kentucky Derby (2011), Long Division (2009), and The Cartographer's Vacation (1999). 

Cohen directs the Writers House at Merrimack College and the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, . . .

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