Max Cohen




Brian, life

is a shitty egg

in a shitty mouth


and the slow realization that my loved ones

aren’t really waiting outside


with wet lips

and shovels


is not

as much a relief

as you’d think.



all air tastes like car heater air,


and the sun is heavily featured

at its worst angles,

with particular emphasis on that

“driving home after five” look,


you know,

the one that kills people.


MAX COHEN is an MFA candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ghost Proposal, Ninth Letter, and Columbia Poetry ReviewHe drinks iced tea, even when it’s inadvisable.