The Girl Without Hands

This story is paired with “The Girl Without Hands” from Children’s and Household Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. For best experience, download the LithoReader for your iPhone or iPad and get NonBinary Review for free. 


My father’s breath smelled of old beef and ale when
he put his plump fingers on my breast
and I knew, as one knows sudden magic,
that slicing off my hands would
protect me.

The round succulence of pears filled my sleep
did it twice
and they
do not tell you that you will
need to use your teeth
to hold the blade.


marissa-cohenThe late poet laureate of Florida called Marissa Cohen’s work “powerful” and, in 2013, she was nominated by Lunch Ticket for both the Best of the Net Award and the Pushcart Prize. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has appeared in countless publications, including The Cancer Poetry Project 2 (as featured in The New York Times), Gather Kindling, and Wilde Magazine