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ISBN: 978-0-9826364-2-8
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Triggermoon Triggermoon

Publication Date: July 2010


How many ways can we touch, be warm? And how can we de-center the very place where we stand? Julia Cohen’s first full-length collection, Triggermoon Triggermoon, attempts to answer these questions in lyric poems that mix autobiographical memories with paratactic & de-gendered voices. Arresting and unsettling, Cohen’s poems speak in breathless wonder & youthful exuberance, yet are grounded in mature concern for the “generation that hasn’t happened.” They extend beyond the individual speech act, making more meaning than any solitary voice could tell. Triggermoon Triggermoon is a lyric disrobing, not of personal narrative or story, but of how to let go of one rung while jumping for the other.


“The poetics enacted in Triggermoon Triggermoon are rare in their exuberance and delicate humanity, their wistful acceptance of imperfection as the human condition, imperfection as a kind of pet we grow to love and depend upon. I have grown to love and depend upon this book.”

-Bin Ramke

Julia Cohen’s poems will knock you out with their fresh logics like some moon-governed dream. Echoes echo, moons moon, the animate world amazes repeatedly with its agile turns of meaning and sound. With its two-headed kitten, its insurgent billy goats, its capillary action, this collection is half in the world and half in the ‘non-world’ that ‘occasionally rolls over you,’ utterly grounded in the domestic and wildly transformative.”

-Elizabeth Willis

About the Author

Julia Cohen

Julia Cohen's work appears in journals like Kenyon Review Online, New American Writing, Black Warrior Review, and Colorado Review. She has two forthcoming books from Brooklyn Arts Press and Noemi Press and is the Associate Editor of the Denver Quarterly.

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