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Poems of heartbreak and sex, self-care and self-critique, urban adventures and love on the road from the millennial quarantine queen and comedy sensation. in L.A. we got naked and swam in the ocean we ate cured meats and carrots & sat in the back of a red pickup truck like we were in a film where two old friends fight & wrestle their way into a hug heave-sobbing as the d Poems of heartbreak and sex, self-care and self-critique, urban adventures and love on the road from the millennial quarantine queen and comedy sensation. in L.A. we got naked and swam in the ocean we ate cured meats and carrots & sat in the back of a red pickup truck like we were in a film where two old friends fight & wrestle their way into a hug heave-sobbing as the dust settles I want to be famous for being the first person who never feels bad again In these short, captivating lyrics, Catherine Cohen, the one-woman stand-up chanteuse who electrified the downtown NYC comedy scene in her white go-go boots, and who has been posting poignant, unfiltered poems on social media since before Instagram was a thing, details her life on the prowl with her beaded bag; she ponders guys who call you dude after sex, true love during the pandemic, and English-major dreams. I wish I were smart instead of on my phone, Cat Cohen confides; heartbreak, / when it comes, and it will come / is always new. A Dorothy Parker for our time, a Starbucks philosophe with no primary-care doctor, she's a welcome new breed of everywoman--a larger-than-life best friend, who will say all the outrageous things we think but never say out loud ourselves.


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Poems of heartbreak and sex, self-care and self-critique, urban adventures and love on the road from the millennial quarantine queen and comedy sensation. in L.A. we got naked and swam in the ocean we ate cured meats and carrots & sat in the back of a red pickup truck like we were in a film where two old friends fight & wrestle their way into a hug heave-sobbing as the d Poems of heartbreak and sex, self-care and self-critique, urban adventures and love on the road from the millennial quarantine queen and comedy sensation. in L.A. we got naked and swam in the ocean we ate cured meats and carrots & sat in the back of a red pickup truck like we were in a film where two old friends fight & wrestle their way into a hug heave-sobbing as the dust settles I want to be famous for being the first person who never feels bad again In these short, captivating lyrics, Catherine Cohen, the one-woman stand-up chanteuse who electrified the downtown NYC comedy scene in her white go-go boots, and who has been posting poignant, unfiltered poems on social media since before Instagram was a thing, details her life on the prowl with her beaded bag; she ponders guys who call you dude after sex, true love during the pandemic, and English-major dreams. I wish I were smart instead of on my phone, Cat Cohen confides; heartbreak, / when it comes, and it will come / is always new. A Dorothy Parker for our time, a Starbucks philosophe with no primary-care doctor, she's a welcome new breed of everywoman--a larger-than-life best friend, who will say all the outrageous things we think but never say out loud ourselves.

30 review for God I Feel Modern Tonight: Poems from a Gal about Town

  1. 4 out of 5

    Liam Floyd

    “I can’t tell if my therapist is cool or just has short bangs”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aria

    oh no the handsome guy is trying to do comedy??? oh no the polyamorous couple is taking a cooking class??? ultimately and unfortunately when a woman makes really specific observations about being in your 20s sometimes in new york i think it’s brilliant

  3. 4 out of 5

    Callie

    Such a fun, funny, and cute little book! These poems are relatable and definitely lifting my spirits.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Wilson

    Starting 2021 off right with this ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ hilarious collection of thoughts and pure poetry in Cat Cohen’s signature and sing-u-lair voice. You know and love her from her incomparable podcast Seek Treatment, along with her acting roles and incredible social media—say it with me— 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦. Her poems will make you laugh, cry, snort, and contemplate modern existence. ⁣ ⁣ Some favorites among many in the collection would be when she literally reads my mind in saying “oh my god experience / whatever Starting 2021 off right with this ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ hilarious collection of thoughts and pure poetry in Cat Cohen’s signature and sing-u-lair voice. You know and love her from her incomparable podcast Seek Treatment, along with her acting roles and incredible social media—say it with me— 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦. Her poems will make you laugh, cry, snort, and contemplate modern existence. ⁣ ⁣ Some favorites among many in the collection would be when she literally reads my mind in saying “oh my god experience / whatever pleasure you can in this life / for example I’m at mcdonald’s right now” or capturing a similar anxiety to my own with relatable content like “I’m sorry I bailed / on the yoga booty ballet class we signed up for / I did not sleep well last night / and am still reeling from the time / I slept with someone who didn’t know / who Greta Gerwig is”⁣ ⁣ With this collection, Cohen proves herself to be the hilarious and I-con-eek voice of a generation. It’s a slim volume of poems you’ll fly through, but won’t soon forget. I was given an advance copy by the author via the publisher for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle McGrane

    A raw, raunchy, intimate and irreverent debut poetry collection from New York comedian Catherine “Cat” Conway, a self-described “millennial Renaissance woman”. This is confessional poetry for the 21st century. * “If you don’t have crippling anxiety you aren’t modern you’re a pioneer woman churning butter in your bonnet, having 12 kids near a wagon et al.” from “poem I wrote after my lover quoted Zoolander towards me” * “doctors really broke the mold when they invented antidepressants that make you feel wo A raw, raunchy, intimate and irreverent debut poetry collection from New York comedian Catherine “Cat” Conway, a self-described “millennial Renaissance woman”. This is confessional poetry for the 21st century. * “If you don’t have crippling anxiety you aren’t modern you’re a pioneer woman churning butter in your bonnet, having 12 kids near a wagon et al.” from “poem I wrote after my lover quoted Zoolander towards me” * “doctors really broke the mold when they invented antidepressants that make you feel worse a pill that makes it harder to cum? honey, where do I sign?! I tried unlearning jealousy in 2015 I tried barre class next year I’m going to buy something and feel better for 12 minutes” “poem I wrote after I listened to my Spotify top songs of 2019 and it undid all the work I did in therapy last year”

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    I too would love to be in a good mood in America, Cat.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Ryan

    I went into this expecting “meh” and left feeling both inspired and also like an idiot (for being so bad at setting expectations.) “Jealousy is cool because it is like swallowing a house that you just set on fire” I wish I had Cat’s mind. I swallowed the house.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ben Rosenstock

    The vast majority of these poems don’t really have central ideas or themes; I don’t read much poetry, let alone police it, but I’d understand if someone argued some of these didn’t really constitute poems. I think, in a ton of cases, you could pick random couplets from different poems and string them together to make a new poem like the others. So enjoying this isn’t really about enjoying fully formed ideas being expressed and elaborated upon. More than most poetry, your enjoyment relies on enjo The vast majority of these poems don’t really have central ideas or themes; I don’t read much poetry, let alone police it, but I’d understand if someone argued some of these didn’t really constitute poems. I think, in a ton of cases, you could pick random couplets from different poems and string them together to make a new poem like the others. So enjoying this isn’t really about enjoying fully formed ideas being expressed and elaborated upon. More than most poetry, your enjoyment relies on enjoying individual thoughts and ideas, many of which could easily translate to a quippy tweet or stand-up joke. But I did really love a lot of those individual thoughts and ideas, so this was a fun read. Partly it’s the humor: I laughed a lot while reading this, from both Cohen’s idle thoughts (“I just found out dog isn’t short for something / it’s actually just called a dog, which is fine with me”) and from funny throwaway phrases (“this morning at 2 p.m.”). But the funny lines are also funny because they’re well-written and get at something deeper. Cohen clearly has an eye for details that makes her well-suited to poetry, and so many of these observations have deeper implications. When Cohen writes, “it’s insane when you ask someone to give you space / and then they do,” she’s describing the relatable, paradoxical experience of practicing healthy self-care by establishing boundaries with an unhealthy love interest and yet still wishing deep down they’d violate those boundaries. When she says, “when someone hates me it hurts / my feelings of course,” she’s stating something obvious—that it can hurt to be disliked—and reminding us that its obviousness, its cliché quality, doesn’t make it less true. When she says, “I think about the girls my boyfriend kissed / before he knew I existed more / than I think about my friends and family,” she’s hilariously speaking to how powerful and all-consuming the experience of jealousy and other matters of romantic love can be, to the point that mere strangers can occupy more of your thoughts than your loved ones. (I made a similar observation once when I found myself only vaguely bummed about an old piano teacher dying, yet filled with anxiety and sadness about a crush not texting me as much that week.) I could keep going with lots of other observations. As the book goes on, the poems do get slightly more focused, and also slightly more serious and sincere. It’s a nice change, and if Cohen does publish more books of poetry, I’d like to see her stretch her muscles more and try stuff like that. Poems like poem I wrote after you helped me assemble my new couch and then broke up with me on it, poem I wrote after you told me “I don’t think you’re as amazing as you think you are”, and it’s worse than I thought are some of my favorites of the collection because of that focus, because they get a little less self-conscious and feel more directly from the heart. So yeah, this was a fun and often surprisingly insightful read. I’ve been a fan of Cohen’s podcast and performances for a while, but it’s great to see her try out a new medium! Some other lines I loved: - “I’m in the kitchen alone, which is romantic in a way / anything can be romantic if you sigh a lot” - “one time I told this guy I loved him / and he said “I don’t know what love is” / anyway he just got engaged” - “I’ve been trying / to come up with ideas for my screenplay / so I googled ‘things that happen to people’ / and the first thing that came up / was a website called ‘list of bad things’ / and the first thing on the list was / ‘your home is broken into and you are raped’ / and I think that is definitely two bad things” - “the older I get the more I find / instagram to be an amazing place to watch / your camp friend’s fiancé wakeboard” - “I think the worst thing / is when you think someone is your friend / and then they tell you / they love jogging” - “I’m sorry I bailed / on the yoga booty ballet class we signed up for / I did not sleep well last night / and am still reeling from the time / I slept with someone who didn’t know / who Greta Gerwig is” - “mailing letters is a great way / to feel like you’re from before / when no one could google you & see / that you did a capella in college” - “if I think about you laughing at six flags / I still feel so in love with the whole world / and that day we waited so long / to sit in the front car / that by the time it was our turn / it was night and dark and raining / but we still got on the ride” - “you’re surprised when I tell you I pray / but I like the idea of wanting something / all the way / into space” - “we agree that watching the sun set / is better than watching it rise / after it’s up you have to just like / … do a whole day”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danny DiMarino

    I love Cat, so I knew I would love God I Feel Modern Tonight. This book of poetry is equally as hilarious, relatable, and raw as her comedy. Within the stream of consciousness poems, there are some really deep sentiments - that had me LOLing and then pausing to reflect. Cat Cohen has a way of not taking herself seriously while simultaneously taking herself way too seriously. She is just trying to figure out life, and I’m glad she shares this journey so openly. A few of my favorite lines: “no one e I love Cat, so I knew I would love God I Feel Modern Tonight. This book of poetry is equally as hilarious, relatable, and raw as her comedy. Within the stream of consciousness poems, there are some really deep sentiments - that had me LOLing and then pausing to reflect. Cat Cohen has a way of not taking herself seriously while simultaneously taking herself way too seriously. She is just trying to figure out life, and I’m glad she shares this journey so openly. A few of my favorite lines: “no one ever got good ideas from feeling perfect” “my work isn’t good but it’s online and that’s what counts” “I can’t decide if I should get a $20 cheeseburger or save up to buy a microwave” “I would read more if it were easier to hold a book up while lying down they are too heavy” “I accept I’ve romanticized your knowledge of music theory” “next year I’m going to buy something and feel better for 12 minutes” Beyond that, some poem titles are absolutely ridiculous and works of arts themselves. I wouldn’t recommend this for everyone, specifically those looking for traditional poetry, but people down for a modern interpretation of poetry will enjoy greatly.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    Library -overdrive -audiobook...read by the author. Forty minutes long. This was my first experience with Catherine Cohen. I found her very likable. Hilarious was the first word I thought of when sitting down to write ‘something’ to share about what I just listened to, though..... ....not hilarious in a haha way... rather I say ‘hilarious’ to contextualize.... shameless, porny, incorrigible, raunchy visual lyrics about sex, food, the body, work, obsessions, anticipations, pride, innocence, love, an Library -overdrive -audiobook...read by the author. Forty minutes long. This was my first experience with Catherine Cohen. I found her very likable. Hilarious was the first word I thought of when sitting down to write ‘something’ to share about what I just listened to, though..... ....not hilarious in a haha way... rather I say ‘hilarious’ to contextualize.... shameless, porny, incorrigible, raunchy visual lyrics about sex, food, the body, work, obsessions, anticipations, pride, innocence, love, and other sensations of self-inquiry.... contemporary conventional modern day musings! I enjoyed it. Didn’t feel like poems.... It felt like listening to a woman share not terribly shocking-things — but it did lurk considerable complexities- things not often spoken out loud — so, that made it as funny as it was twisted. Unfiltered, jocular..... and, I liked it!! Would listen to Catherine Cohen again!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    poem I wrote after reading God I Feel Modern Tonight I think I liked most of the poems isn't it funny how women always say "I think" before saying what they know is fact? I especially enjoyed the poem about dieting did I log in my Weight Watcher points today? how is Kirkland's single-serve hummus five points but I can eat all the eggs in this carton and still be at zero? how I feel when reading well-written poetry and bring out my old red pencil that I stole from a crush in fifth grade and attempt to w poem I wrote after reading God I Feel Modern Tonight I think I liked most of the poems isn't it funny how women always say "I think" before saying what they know is fact? I especially enjoyed the poem about dieting did I log in my Weight Watcher points today? how is Kirkland's single-serve hummus five points but I can eat all the eggs in this carton and still be at zero? how I feel when reading well-written poetry and bring out my old red pencil that I stole from a crush in fifth grade and attempt to write on a blank journal page If all these mentions and reflections are true, then Catherine Cohen has lived an exciting life.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Molly Koeneman

    Poetry that your best friend wrote while they wait for you to show up to brunch. ** I think poetry is like music in that each generative has their own frequency and has the inability to really appreciate the frequency from the generations before. We can be taught to appreciate things, but the things created by members of our own generation just thums a heart string that doesn't need to be explained. That's how I felt reading Cohen's collection of poetry: I understand this because it's just as muc Poetry that your best friend wrote while they wait for you to show up to brunch. ** I think poetry is like music in that each generative has their own frequency and has the inability to really appreciate the frequency from the generations before. We can be taught to appreciate things, but the things created by members of our own generation just thums a heart string that doesn't need to be explained. That's how I felt reading Cohen's collection of poetry: I understand this because it's just as much about me or my best friends, as it is about Cohen. Fun, crude and honest, I enjoyed every signle one of poems inclosed in "God I Feel Modern Tonight."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin Cataldi

    I picked up this book solely because of the cover art so I really didn't know what I was getting myself into. An interesting collection of poetry that ranges from introspection, sex, New York City, UTIs, ex boyfriends, and more. I'm not a great critic of poetry so I'm not sure how this rates as a whole - but it was very interesting. I really liked the poem titles and there were a few standouts that I re-read - but overall the collection was just ok. If you're looking for humorous, edgy, and uniq I picked up this book solely because of the cover art so I really didn't know what I was getting myself into. An interesting collection of poetry that ranges from introspection, sex, New York City, UTIs, ex boyfriends, and more. I'm not a great critic of poetry so I'm not sure how this rates as a whole - but it was very interesting. I really liked the poem titles and there were a few standouts that I re-read - but overall the collection was just ok. If you're looking for humorous, edgy, and unique then you will love this collection. If the TV show, Girls, had a book of poetry based off it - I assume it would be this exact collection.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    This collection of poems is so sneaky and clever and made me want to write, which I think is what good books do to me. I love the big feelings of messiness and emotion and figuring it out and being unhappy and also just the way it feels to be ~alive~ as described in these poems. It made me desperately miss “normal,” and like, walking to the subway on a humid summer eve after work or running around and feeling weird at parties. If you like to laugh and also simultaneously be touched by poignant t This collection of poems is so sneaky and clever and made me want to write, which I think is what good books do to me. I love the big feelings of messiness and emotion and figuring it out and being unhappy and also just the way it feels to be ~alive~ as described in these poems. It made me desperately miss “normal,” and like, walking to the subway on a humid summer eve after work or running around and feeling weird at parties. If you like to laugh and also simultaneously be touched by poignant turns of phrase then this book of poems may be for you.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sean Kottke

    Picked this up after reading a profile of the author in Texas Monthly, expecting it to be funnier. The titles of most of the poems are absurdly funny in their own right, but the poems rarely live up to the titles. There are some great lines here and there, but almost none of the poems cohere into a singular vision. Instead, it's like Larry King's old USAToday columns, if written by Sarah Beattie: collections of random, raunchy observations. Like a saucy comedienne's Twitter feed, playing on ster Picked this up after reading a profile of the author in Texas Monthly, expecting it to be funnier. The titles of most of the poems are absurdly funny in their own right, but the poems rarely live up to the titles. There are some great lines here and there, but almost none of the poems cohere into a singular vision. Instead, it's like Larry King's old USAToday columns, if written by Sarah Beattie: collections of random, raunchy observations. Like a saucy comedienne's Twitter feed, playing on stereotypes of self-absorbed millennials.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rikki King

    "you're surprised when I tell you I pray but I like the idea of wanting something all the way into space" There are some really funny and earnest jewels like this one sprinkled throughout the collection, and I enjoyed the read. But.. I don't know if it's fair to judge a book or author by the intro and blurb, but I really hate when a person who went to Princeton and talks a lot about Paris is described as an "everywoman". "you're surprised when I tell you I pray but I like the idea of wanting something all the way into space" There are some really funny and earnest jewels like this one sprinkled throughout the collection, and I enjoyed the read. But.. I don't know if it's fair to judge a book or author by the intro and blurb, but I really hate when a person who went to Princeton and talks a lot about Paris is described as an "everywoman".

  17. 5 out of 5

    Reagan Herzog

    “one time I lied & said I wasn’t going to date anymore & went to a definitely cool roof party & had seven beers & ran around asking everyone ‘who is that tall person and what is his deal?’ you can’t love someone else until you love yourself JK” . . . Cat Cohen really speaks to the soul sometimes. She’s the Rupi Kaur for people who weren’t pretty in high school and had to be the funny one instead.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Siena

    3.5 ✨ Funny-ish? poems that feel a bit too much like tweets and have no real narrative (which just happens to be the type of poetry I don’t enjoy). There are a few real gems in Cohen’s more sincere moments. Road Trip #3 is a stand out and almost all of the long poems were hits for mec which almost brought my rating up to a 4. I would recommend looking at the Amazon Look Inside before purchasing to see if you like the poet’s tone! Kind of a Broad City/Girls/Sex and the City vibe!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ketsy Resendez

    Catherine Cohen, a well-travelled Princeton graduate, is not what came to mind when I read "a welcome new breed of everywoman." Do you know how unrelatable Paris trips and a fine arts education are to most women? Anyway. That bit of criticism to her marketing team aside, this is certainly a collection that will speak to the horny-30-something-white-millenial women. A lot of this was even funny and clever, just not particularly worthy of 80 printed pages. Catherine Cohen, a well-travelled Princeton graduate, is not what came to mind when I read "a welcome new breed of everywoman." Do you know how unrelatable Paris trips and a fine arts education are to most women? Anyway. That bit of criticism to her marketing team aside, this is certainly a collection that will speak to the horny-30-something-white-millenial women. A lot of this was even funny and clever, just not particularly worthy of 80 printed pages.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kisses -A

    if you don't have crippling anxiety you aren't modern god, this poetry collection was so funny, sad, and relatable. a meditation on millennial lifestyle and technology. reading this collection felt like drinking a glass of cold water, sharp and fresh. it made me laugh out loud and I kept rereading some poems because they're just hilarious. if you don't have crippling anxiety you aren't modern god, this poetry collection was so funny, sad, and relatable. a meditation on millennial lifestyle and technology. reading this collection felt like drinking a glass of cold water, sharp and fresh. it made me laugh out loud and I kept rereading some poems because they're just hilarious.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This was brilliant and heart wrenching and hilarious. I read it in about twenty minutes. It was supposed to be a gift for my dear friend, but, ooops, slightly used now, boo. “I wish I were smart instead of on my phone.” An entire generation nodded it’s head in unison and I think the piece of California we’ve all been worrying over is now a peaceful island in the pacific.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin Dittmer

    Perfectly horny and sometimes profound, Cohen’s collection of poems made me feel nostalgic for heartbreak, laugh out loud, and curse under my breath. I’m texting my friends to have a drink and read this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    mcizmane

    i found out about this book on vulture then bought it at target and read it with the waitress soundtrack playing in the background using a timothee chalamet sticker as a bookmark (This is how every poem is written & clearly I am the intended audience)

  24. 5 out of 5

    John Salazar

    i spent my quarantine valentines day under the influence of many a substance while also reading this book and as expected, im obsessed. cat is a formative comedian to me because of how she speaks about sex and love – at the most fundamental level she helps you accept yourself as a sexual being.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Spellmist

    I read this book after reading a beautiful interview of the poet. I felt like this is someone I'd love to know and read more of. Some of the poems were brilliant, funny, and relatable. Many (second half) weren't. Love the cover though. Might frame it someday. I read this book after reading a beautiful interview of the poet. I felt like this is someone I'd love to know and read more of. Some of the poems were brilliant, funny, and relatable. Many (second half) weren't. Love the cover though. Might frame it someday.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amr Jal

    I mean......this book is perfect, if you are under the age of 40 and owned an ipod classic with All American Rejects in it you must read it, if you arent then this is basically Sex And The City (the HBO show) in poetry form. Highly highly highly reccomend.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zachary

    Maybe I'm too much of a fan to leave an honest review, but ULTIMATELY I really enjoyed this. Yes, it reads like twitter prose, but I was laughing and laughing and laughing which is exactly what I needed during quar. Maybe I'm too much of a fan to leave an honest review, but ULTIMATELY I really enjoyed this. Yes, it reads like twitter prose, but I was laughing and laughing and laughing which is exactly what I needed during quar.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deirdre O'Sullivan

    So fucking funny. Gonna read over and over again.

  29. 5 out of 5

    kate

    beautiful and unique and insanely funny

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    would read this woman’s grocery list

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