Queen of Hearts


In this powerful collection Hannah Hodgson gives us the complexity of the disabled body; these poems address both its beauty alongside the rage that results from being continually overlooked and marginalised. Formally varied, inventive and brightly observed, these poems take on love, sex, family and the Covid pandemic, often with warm humour and a surrealist wit. 

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Published June 2022

What Writers and Critics Think

  • The Queen of Hearts lives in a world where the body is ‘a car aflame / on a hard shoulder’, where the bowel is an ‘octopus … patiently swimming in the dark’ and a stoma bag is ‘an icing bag of shit piped down the toilet’. These poems are scorching in their anger at the way society treats chronic illness and disability, unfailingly precise in their use of metaphor and wildly imaginative in their deployment of surrealism. Every poem in here is a gift which invites the reader to look at the world differently.

    Kim Moore


Hannah Hodgson is a poet living with life limiting illness. Her work has been published by BBC Arts, The Poetry Society and Magma, amongst other outlets. She is a recipient of a 2020 Northern Writers Award for Poetry. Her first poetry pamphlet, Dear Body, was published by Wayleave Press in 2018; and her second, centred around life with serious illness was published by Verve Poetry Press in Feb 2021. Her first full length poetry collection is 163 Days (Seren, 2022). You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @HodgsonWrites and her website is www.hannahhodgson.com.

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eBook (ePub), Pamphlet


978-1-914914-22-5, 978-1-914914-23-2



Publication Year

June 2022