Bad Animal by Kathryn Bratt-Pfotenhauer



Bad Animal is a collection of poems about the body, about violence, about safety, a meditation on love, sex, and death. It explores the body’s changing relationship to desire in the aftermath of incredible sexual trauma, and how we societally reconcile the beauty of the world we live in with intense emotional pain. Bad Animal is a collection of poems that remind the reader we are all made of flesh and bone and while flesh is temporary and fragile, bone is hard and resilient: both are needed to be whole. Nature is present throughout these poems which echoes the real world—a world that needs both vulture and carcass, a world that needs both dark and light.

About the author:

Kathryn Bratt-Pfotenhauer is the author of poetry collection Bad Animal (Riot in Your Throat) and the chapbook Small Geometries (Ethel Zine & Micropress). The recipient of a Pushcart Prize and awards from Bryn Mawr College and the Ledbury Poetry Festival, their poetry and fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Giving Room Mag, The Missouri Review, The Adroit Journal, Crazyhorse, Poet Lore, Beloit Poetry Journal, and others. They have received support from the Seventh Wave and Tin House. They attend Syracuse University’s MFA program. 

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Weight 0.4 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 9 × 0.75 in