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Anatomical Venus

Anatomical Venus

Anatomical Venus is a visceral collection of poems that invoke anatomical models, feminine monsters, and little-known historical figures.

It’s a journey through car accidents and physio appointments, 18th century morgues and modern funeral homes. Grappling with the cyclical nature of chronic pain, these poems ask how to live with and love the self in pain.

Magic seeps through, in the form of fairy tales, in the stories of powerful monsters, in the introspection of the tarot, and the transcendence of queer love.

About the author

Courtney Bates-Hardy

Courtney Bates-Hardy is the author of House of Mystery (ChiZine Publications, 2016) and a chapbook, Sea Foam (JackPine Press, 2013).

Her poems have been published in Grain, Vallum, PRISM, and CAROUSEL, among others.

She has been featured in Best Canadian Poetry 2021 (Biblioasis) and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

She is queer, neurodivergent, and disabled, and one-third of a writing group called The Pain Poets.

She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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