A Study of Hands is an attempt to remove male intimacy from its sheath. It is an incision into Bodney’s romantic relationships, and his evolving relationship with his father. It is the peeling of layers from experiences of love and abuse with men, and how that has translated into the ways Bodney communicates vulnerability. It is a reconstruction of safety while navigating a revolution of identity, survival, and love all at once.
Praise for Edwin Bodney
A Study of Hands pulls imagery from the body and the earth to explore the many faces of touch. Bodney’s writing emulates both the grit and smoothness of stones, bringing texture and animation to the page. This book is a true study of human opposition; how a hand can be both soft and calloused.
— Sierra DeMulder, author of We Slept Here
About Edwin Bodney
Edwin Bodney is a Los Angeles native and nationally recognized poet. They have performed for colleges throughout California including UCLA and USC alongside featuring on TvOne’s Verses and Flow. Edwin has taught for the organization Say Word LA, serving the community as a youth mentor in various high schools and poetry programs. They are the author of Good Morning: A Story of Flight in the Making, and a current host and curator of one of the largest and longest-running poetry venues in the nation, Da Poetry Lounge.