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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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Chloe N.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hannah Cohen's writing always stuns with sharp turns of phrases and unexpected moments of darkness and light. A lovely, lovely collection!
John Taylor
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
These poems are breathless and uncompromising; ask difficult questions; do not offer answers. This is a book to revisit.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Zackary Lavoie
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Courtney LeBlanc
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"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
Barton Smock
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Sara Quinn
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"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
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Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Body as traitor, body as defector, body as vessel, body as journey we must endure. Brief musings on the thinks we carry, withstand, contain.
Carla Sofia Sofia
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
"If you're a museum, / call me / a standing wreck" Just a few of so many stunning lines in this collection. I devoured this chapbook at once and it's left me hungry for more!
Danny Mclaren
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for this collection!! It was an enjoyable and provocative read.
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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

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