Fully Clothed and So Forgetful
Winner of the 2018 Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry
I uproot one
of the ladies and use her to beat back a
path through the others, until they look
almost young again in the freshness
of their bruises. When I get back to the
pond most of the spinsters have frosted
in the ground. The children are there
wearing new fur coats. One is putting logs
on a fire, while the other pulls dinner
from the snow.
—‘My children are abducted by 17th-century French courtesans’
Fully Clothed and So Forgetful is an intimate, intelligent first book by Hannah Mettner. Moving through love, motherhood, sexuality, family and anxiety, these poems infuse universal themes with wit and sudden, even shocking beauty.
‘I love these fierce, funny, unflinching poems.’ —Anna Jackson
'This book will push you down a marble staircase, and then cheerfully bring you a couple of aspirin.’ —Hera Lindsay Bird
Hannah Mettner is a Wellington-based poet from Gisborne. Her poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including Sport, Turbine and Cordite. She is co-editor with Morgan Bach and Sugar Magnolia Wilson of Sweet Mammalian, an online poetry journal launched in 2014.
Cover image: Valerie Bos