Richard Cole


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I was born in Krum, Texas. I’ve published two books of poetry and a memoir. Honors include an NEA fellowship, a Loft Mentor Series award, and a Bush Foundation grant. My poems and essays have been published in the New Yorker, Poetry, Hudson Review, Sun Magazine, Denver Quarterly, and Image Journal—Good Letters. I’m president of a small but sturdy business writing agency in Austin, Texas, where I ... more »

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In New York The Women Are Dreaming

In New York, yes, the women are dreaming.
In lacework of hallways, hesitant with pearls,
In the violets of evening, one night reaching the next,
In the amber water of Victorian aquariums,
Under glass, asleep in the Hotel of Stars
The women are dreaming and beginning to dream.

And in cold steel driving Manhattan, the women are dreaming,
In black granite and the city’s hunger
And all the food that feeds it, in the power
Forced on its aging body, dying and ascending,
The women are dreaming. They’re dreaming
In the long weight of the physical buildings, ...

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