Terese Coe


The CEO Makes a Decision

He turned to his wife
with a final wheeze:

More life, more life!
Get Cryonics to freeze

my invaluable ass–
I can’t get away!

She torched him with gas
and called it a day.

Some say fire,
some say ice.

Only a vampire
gets to live twice.

Terese Coe‘s poems and translations have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Threepenny Review, New American Writing, and many other publications in the US; and in the UK, in the TLS, Agenda, Poetry Review, New Walk, and many other journals. She works as a professor of English and her latest collection of poems is Shot Silk.