bad anatomy

Hannah cohen


you could tell i’m made for burning

out the light bulbs


& the universe keeps me

betting against my conception, fish-

hooked & alive

god i’m open now can you feel

the iron & thundering


& year after year

i’m unable to divine the good-

byes beginning life as birds crooked

at the wings & cradled like lovers & their dead


stars—fuck it

i don’t need help

to empty my chest of its hope


Hannah Cohen lives in Virginia and is an MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. She's also the poetry editor of Firefly Magazine. Recent publications and forthcoming work include The Tishman Review, Public Pool, Vagabond City, The Shallow Ends, Unlost Journal, and others.