Umbrella’s lighter offshoot

Terese Coe’s

poems and translations have recently appeared in Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry in the US, and Agenda and Orbis in the UK, among others, and her book, The Everyday Uncommon, won a Word Press publication prize in 2005.

She was awarded First Prize in the 2008 Helen Schaible Sonnet Award, was a finalist in the 2009 and 2004 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, a scholarship recipient from Vermont Studio Center, and has received two grants from Giorno Poetry Systems.


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Not Venting but Bitching

Venting supposes inconsequent
expressions of intimate candor;
bitching excels in the likely event
of robbery or slander.

Venting is artful, an exposition
indulged in according to mood;
bitching converses with long tradition,
the certainty one has been screwed.