"Shanna Compton steps up to the plate as a new breed of adventure-seeking wordsmith. Check in here for daring flares of language, jocular and dancing, with a direct address to the populous of peoples and their props. Get refreshed, and get Down Spooky."
"'Lips that have smiled are as limitless as leaves,' Shanna Compton writes in her poem 'Mouth Made Out of Trees.' Her poems are 'limitless' in this and other senses; her work radiates an exuberant joy in the life of words. Down Spooky is a remarkable debut collection by a poet of wit, whimsy, intelligence, and charm."
"A sound freak and a sight freak, Shanna Compton has 'hookymaking conviviality.' Note the predilection for nutty dialogue: 'I believe her married name was Smith-Corona'; 'We are fronded tickers'; and this satisfying nature etude, from 'Mouth Made out of Trees' (and out of Stevens): 'the snow your mouth a new environment mouth/inhalation rapid breathing environmental plantsign.' What a racket. But this poet is also affectingly elegant with the visuals: a cat is 'a shroud of a pet'; in an instant, 'the Oreo dims the milk'--glimpses that haunt the reader."
"Shanna Compton's Down Spooky is a little bit Texas and a whomping dose of New York School. Ms. Compton has a great ear and a good eye for the telling detail, and this gifted poet doesn't mince words. I like that. I like these poems a lot. There is something quotable, something memorable on every page of Down Spooky."
"Down Spooky is as enchanting as a blue lake on a hot summer day that you never want to get out of once you've plunged in. The book brims with liveliness, and love, and wit. Shanna Compton has an uncanny gift of seizing moments and situations with sure aplomb, and even when she is reveling in word play--in purely verbal speculation--her words lead to insight. Readers can only be grateful for such beneficent interventions."
"As Shanna Compton writes, 'Hooray for the Differently Sane.' Down Spooky is a marvel of deep play and deeper knowingness. Read it and take joy!"