poems by Allen Cohen

drawings by Ann Cohen


$12.95  / ISBN: 1-58790-062-9 / 71 pages  /  paperback  /  5.5” x 8.5”




The poems in the Book of Hats were written while the author was working at the Shlock Shop on Grant Avenue in the North Beach district of San Francisco....Old Indian baskets, whales’ teeth, antique dentist tools, sock monkey dolls, political and labor buttons from the thirties, old beer cans, Eskimo knitting tools and hundreds of other old relics are clogged into the many glass cabinets and cases that line the walls and floor space. Hats are everywhere — stacked on shelves, swinging on dummies’ heads from the rafters and hanging on nails from the walls. These poems are transcriptions of his interactions with people who came into the dark shadows of the Shlock Shop and left some part of their being there. The poems reveal the humor and poignancy of the human person that we so often forget to notice in the techno-electro speed of contemporary life.


Allen Cohen was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1940. Moving to San Francisco in the early ’60s, he founded and edited the legendary San Francisco Oracle, the psychedelic, rainbow hued underground newspaper published in the Haight-Ashbury. He also helped originate rites of passage like the Human-Be-In. He edited, with Clive Matson, the PEN award winning An Eye For An Eye Makes The Whole World Blind: Poets on 9/11.  Ann Cohen is an artist from L.A. who has lived in Walnut Creek the past 23 years. Her work is widely collected and has appeared in Beatitude magazine, Relix, and Split Shift.


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