from The Lost Notebooks: 11 by Nan Cohen

Central Old French / Old Northern French
from Latin excappare, ex-out, cappare-cloak


& in Greek, ekduesthai—to slip out of one’s clothes

to duck, shirk, weave;
to abandon; to leave
an empty coat.

He left us with a closet full of shirts, pairs of shoes—

Nan Cohen is the author of two books of poetry, Rope Bridge and Unfinished City, and a chapbook, Thousand-Year-Old Words (Glass Lyre Press, 2021). Her poems and prose have appeared in Electric Literature, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Northwest, Journal of the American Medical Association, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, she lives in Los Angeles and co-directs the poetry programs of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference.