"Revolving," forthcoming in The Journal
“The Candy Man,” Poetry Northwest
“Ah, Love!" and "You, Temporary Balm to My Endless Suffering," Superstition Review
“Bondage Device: Meat Hoist," Ninth Letter
“Movement," Four Way Review
“Tiny House Nation," Booth
“Let's Please Live a Long Time,” Redivider
“I Promise I’m More Bewildered Than the Bats,” Spillway
“Texas-Louisiana Border Dive Bar" (Three Poems), West Branch
“Texas-Louisiana Border Dive Bar," Palette Poetry
“The Zombie Apocalypse," The Indianapolis Review
“For the Love I’ll Try to Keep," The Boiler
“Panic Attack on the Atchafalaya Basin,” The Hunger
“Every Sound on Earth Miraculously Comes from It,” River Styx
“Ode to Cigarettes,” Hobart
“A Tinder Guy Opened the Conversation With, Can I Have You?,” the minnesota review
“At the Iron Bear,” Crab Creek Review
“I Should Have Loved Bigfoot Instead,” Underblong
“Oh, the Places We’ll Go,” Hotel Amerika
“Tips for Your Quarter-Life Crisis,” North American Review
Defeat the Rest (chapbook)
Published by American Poetry Journal
Defeat the Rest is an anxious romp of queer longing and self-invention. At times humorous and at other times heart-wrenching, this chapbook centers around poems addressed from a woman named Susan to a woman named Emily and includes guest appearances from minor characters like Bigfoot, a tropical storm, and Ferdinand the Bull.
Hanley’s poems interrogate how various types of relationships and intimacies can both amplify loneliness and tamp it down. There’s an underlying sense of hope in Defeat the Rest for the chapbook’s speakers, who may not achieve the connection they want but may slowly be stumbling toward something even greater.
Brett Hanley holds an MFA from McNeese State University and a PhD from Florida State University. She has worked as Poetry Editor at both Southeast Review and The McNeese Review. Their poems are forthcoming or have recently been published in West Branch, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, The Journal, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She was a semi-finalist for the 2022 92Y Discovery Contest and was a 2021 Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholar.
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