Xanax Cowboy

Xanax Cowboy

Poems

Written by: Green, Hannah

2023 Governor General's Literary Award Winner

The Xanax Cowboy has a reputation like a rattlesnake. She might as well be a strike-anywhere match in a gasoline town. Her whiskey is mixed with vengeance like her mind is mixed with pills. The last doctor who told her she ain't nothin' is still spitting blood through a split lip.

2023 Governor General's Literary Award Winner

The Xanax Cowboy has a reputation like a rattlesnake. She might as well be a strike-anywhere match in a gasoline town. Her whiskey is mixed with vengeance like her mind is mixed with pills. The last doctor who told her she ain't nothin' is still spitting blood through a split lip.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — Apr 4, 2023
Specifications 128 pages | 6 in x 8 in
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HANNAH GREEN is a writer and poetry editor at CV2. She was a poetry finalist for the 2021 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. She lives in Winnipeg.

Written By

HANNAH GREEN is a writer and poetry editor at CV2. She was a poetry finalist for the 2021 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. She lives in Winnipeg.

Winner, Governor General's Literary Award in the Poetry Category, 2023

Commended, CBC 2023 Best Canadian Poetry, 2023

Green’s debut is timely and witty. It leaves nothing off stage, hides nothing. It is a revelation of living in our anxious times. It is wisely engaging.

” —Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

Hannah Green’s figurative language is so dazzling, her tone so sardonically witty … her debut is indeed a romp.

” —Toronto Star

A true original – smart and aggressive and assured.

” —Shakespearean Rag

Playing on the way suffering has been romanticized in writers and in cowboys, Green skewers this cultural demand for authenticity.

” —Winnipeg Free Press

A bingeable book of poetry … Xanax Cowboy displays a raw honesty on important topics. Green balances tone and content, form and media, to deliver a powerhouse of a debut book from title to finishing line.

” —Freefall

Even as it treats serious topics like romanticizing addiction, Xanax Cowboy is riotously funny, brimming with wit and bravado … Exceptional debut.

” —ARC Poetry

I’ve never read anything quite like Xanax Cowboy, with its lassoed dream logic or its pistol-drawn showdown with dread. But that’s life when you live in a Wild West of anxiety, and nowhere else can you find this prescription-laced, wasp-sting aesthetic. Hannah Green’s poems are a form-bending live wire, a chainsaw ethos that carves its way through the desert sunset. A long howl in cowboy boots that refuses to be wrangled, Xanax Cowboy is original and compelling.

” —Andrew Faulkner, author of Heady Bloom

A fierce collection on cowboy boots and alienation, with incisive and insightful thoughts on navigating mental health, Hannah Green’s debut is all tooth and claw. It bristles, sears, and haunts. At once individual, and yet illuminating in the affective commons it articulates, Hannah has created a home here — come dwell.

” —Dallas Hunt, author of Creeland

Xanax Cowboy is a meta-poetic romp that chews through the lexicons of pulp, pop, and academia, spitting out pieces that are at once campy, dark, and gnawingly tender, with a bravado and showmanship that challenge conventions of power, performance, gender, and genre. Through roving tours of tone and tactic … Hannah Green mounts a contemporary antihero with both a light and devastating touch, knowing just when to loosen the slack and when to jerk the line arrestingly taut.

” —Jury Citation, 2021 Bronwen Wallace Award

A fierce collection on cowboy boots and alienation, with incisive and insightful thoughts on navigating mental health, Hannah Green’s debut is all tooth and claw. It bristles, sears, and haunts. At once individual, and yet illuminating in the affective commons it articulates, Hannah has created a home here — come dwell.

” —Dallas Hunt, author of Creeland

Xanax Cowboy is a meta-poetic romp that chews through the lexicons of pulp, pop, and academia, spitting out pieces that are at once campy, dark, and gnawingly tender, with a bravado and showmanship that challenge conventions of power, performance, gender, and genre. Through roving tours of tone and tactic … Hannah Green mounts a contemporary antihero with both a light and devastating touch, knowing just when to loosen the slack and when to jerk the line arrestingly taut.

” —Jury Citation, 2021 Bronwen Wallace Award