“The Candy Man,” Poetry Northwest
“Ah, Love!" and "You, Temporary Balm to My Endless Suffering," Superstition Review
"Ode on a Dollar Store Pregnancy Test," Up the Staircase Quarterly
“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
“Could I Subpoena You Like Beetlejuice, Emily?” and “Susan Poses as Barbara Walters to Interview Emily,” Puerto Del Sol
“Every Sound on Earth Miraculously Comes from It,” River Styx
“Ode to Cigarettes,” Hobart
“Ode to the Tropical Storm I Slept Through” and “I Grant Myself One Night Free from Worry,” The Normal School
“Another Succulent Tattoo at Some Two-Star Parlor in Montrose” and “When I’m Seven,”Gulf Coast
“Grafting” and “Sue Writes Emily About Her New Bed,” Yemassee
“A Tinder Guy Opened the Conversation With, Can I Have You?,” the minnesota review
“Please, Someone, Tell Me About a Knife Fight,” Juked
“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 is a Poetry Editor for Southeast Review. She holds an MFA from McNeese State and is a PhD candidate at Florida State. Their work is forthcoming or has recently been published in West Branch, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Puerto del Sol, THE BOILER, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She has received support from The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and American Poetry Journal recently published her debut chapbook, Defeat the Rest.
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