Shoshana Olidort

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Shoshana Olidort

Parting Ways

My husband likes the way I part
ways with my hat when we part
ways with my parents at the end
of a too-long-holiday-weekend;

he finds it sexy (he tells me later),
how I toss my hat off once we’ve veered
past the main thoroughfare of their Orthodox
Brooklyn enclave. But when we stop for coffee

—at a kosher spot in town—I readjust
the hat, though I’m less meticulous
about covering all my hair, now coarse
and dry after three days under cover.

Shoshana Olidort reads “Parting Ways”


Shoshana Olidort is a writer, critic, and translator. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Asymptote, Poetry Northwest, Columbia Journal, LitHub, Public Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and World Literature Today, among other outlets. She holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University and is web editor for the Poetry Foundation. Shoshana lives in Los Angeles with her family.