Los Olvidados and other works by Jonathan Cott

Jonathan Cott has authored 16 books, including Wandering Ghost: The Odyssey of Lafcadio Hearn, Conversations with Glenn Gould, and Pipers at the Gates of Dawn: The Wisdom of Children's Literature. A contributing editor at Rolling Stone since the magazine's inception, Cott has also written for The New York Times, Parabola, and The New Yorker. He lives in New York City.


Under candlelight
your lilies in a vase
and dancers on my ceiling


Three Questions

Where does the wind come from?
Why are the clouds not moving?
Is something moving?


Remembering E.D.
(The Homestead: Amherst, Massachusetts)

Sun falling
longer shadows
but the light nearby
is rising with a meadow
filled with bees and clover
shining in
your eyes forever



Standing under you,
I wonder what you're waiting for,
red light?


Los Olvidados

It was indistinct
But now it's quiet
It had nowhere to go
And it must be here
When brought here, it cries
It must not move
It will be left alone