This issue of Big Bridge is dedicated
to the memory of Ira Cohen


Ira Cohen with lobster and camera

February 3, 1935 – April 25, 2011



Imagine Jean Cocteau in the lobby
holding a torch
Imagine a trained dog act,
a Rock and Roll Band
Imagine I am Curly of the Three Stooges
disguised as Wm Shakespeare
Imagine that I'm the cousin of the Mayor
of New York or the King of Nepal
(I didn't say Napoleon!)
Imagine what it is like to be in the glare
of hot lights when you are longing for dark
            Imagine the Ghost Patrol, the Tribal
Imagine an elephant playing a harmonica
or someone weighing out bones on the edge
of the desert in Afghanistan
Imagine that these poems are recorded moments
of temporary sanity
Imagine that the clock was just turned back—
—or forwards—a hundred years instead of an hour
Let us pretend that we have no place to go,
that we are here in the Cosmic Hotel,
that our bags are packed & that we have one hour
to checkout time
Imagine whatever you will but know that it is not
imagination but experience which makes poetry,
and that behind every image,
behind every word there is something
I am trying to tell you,
something that really happened.

Ira Cohen



Links to Ira Cohen’s Work on Big Bridge:

electronic multimedia shaman (Issue 5)

on JILALA: Sufi Trance Music From Morocco (Issue 6)

contribution to The Language of War and Peace (Issue 7)

My Father by Lakshmi Cohen (Issue 7)

Tribute to Ronnie BurkSeven Postcards (Issue 8)

Angkor 2003, First Trip (Issue 9)

Millennium (Issue 10)

Four Postcards (Issue 11)

Poetry and Art selections (Issue 12)

A California Trip: Salutations from Ira Cohen –
Two Spontaneous Odes and a Photo of Terri Carrion
(Issue 13)

We have created a memorial page at the Rockpile Blog where Ira's friends  can post poems, photos, comments: