Hannah Cohen

Self-Portrait as Grendel
It was a good destruction.
Like mosquitos in orbit
around a citronella wick.
When all the men died
I asked for more.
More men until I’m happy
again. I myself am half-hell
and half-morning.
I’ve an inheritance of oath
after oath. Born some modern wanderer.
This time I’m the one
living. A new head, a different name,
but still my skin. I don’t know
if you want less. That same
hour in my bones.

Hannah Cohen lives in Virginia, and is a MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. She is currently a contributing editor for Platypus Press. Recent and forthcoming publications include The Shallow Ends, Severine, Noble/Gas Qtrly, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and others. Follow her on Twitter at @hcohenpoet.