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Hannah Cohen's first chapbook Bad Anatomy is a vulnerable yet darkly humorous collection of poems on the anxieties of navigating and surviving modern life and of existence in a world in which the odds seem stacked against you.
Paperback, 24 pages
Published February 15th 2018 by Glass Poetry Press
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Hannah Cohen's chapbook, "Bad Anatomy" is a collage of the body's parrotings of what we tell the body that it is or must be. As if the body could respond infinitely to a Rorschach test of the subconscious and subliminal, as well as the overt messages it recieves. As if it could even offer up objects and media for others' consumption-- weather forecasts, green glass bottles. This collection is a visceral comment on the ways personal identity shifts, and the pendulum that swings over the spectrum ...more
Hannah expertly balances vulnerability and resilience in BAD ANATOMY. Each poem a floorboard peeled back and each line a memento hidden underneath. A voice that shifts from the wise to the naieve and back again, Hannah is able to bind the reader in a fairy-like trance. One of my favorite chapbooks this year.
"I left scuffmarks / on white doors. I wish / I could break. I left / my legs in bed. / I left you / before you..." so begins Hannah's haunting collection of poems. It doesn't get any easier or lighter from there, rather these poems take the reader on a journey through heartache and sorrow -- but it's a bittersweet journey and one that the reader cannot resist. My favorite poem in the collection - Superficial - is raw and guts the reader: "...And you'd be with me / in that world - because you're ...more
Hannah Cohen is a poet of petition whose Bad Anatomy had me apologizing to the ruins for learning too quickly and to my eyes for treating them like the same birthmark. Had me asking presence to reveal its age. Cohen understands that if sorrow was at first a failed comedian, it was next the uncredited creator of the laugh track. By which I mean to say this book happens twice. In this, the regifted paperweight of becoming. In that, the bodily future of having been. Periphery has no country. These ...more
"You can tell I m made for burning" Hannah Cohen writes in this remarkable chapbook. The speaker in these poems refuses to look away--from the body, from the ordinary, brutal world, from grief, from god. And yet, they make of this world something luminous, something that grabs at your viscera and won't let go. The poems are compact, imagistic, full of a quiet fire that incinerates before you know it. I can't wait to read a full length collection from her--these are poems that I have read again a ...more
Hannah Cohen received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and lives in Virginia. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Bad Anatomy (Glass Poetry Press, 2018). She is a former contributing editor for Platypus Press and currently co-edits the online journal Cotton Xenomorph. Recent and forthcoming publications include Cherry Tree, Berfrois, The Rumpus, Entropy, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, ...more