"In the Kettle, The Shriek is excellent: inquisitive, taut, ironic, tough, smart, sensitive, tensed, ready. Nothing is taken for granted in these poems, not the cosmic or the molecular. Stephenson explores how we hold ourselves together lately, what can be named or called into us, and our relations with the allegedly inanimate. The unpunctuated questions that comprise many of the poems are an essential part of what this poet is up to. Those queries become the glue of this universe, the building blocks of its matter and anti matter, and also a voice of the zeitgeist."
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If walls could speak, they would most likely do so in a Hannah Stephenson poem. I first came upon Hannah's work through her poetry blog, The Storialist, and for many years now she has consistently and relentlessly endeavored to introduce us to a world in which nothing is insignificant or invisible. Her ability to not only breathe life into the most inanimate of objects, but to also dare to give them a soul, is at the heart of the poems I love the most. Her uncanny ability to focus on the world at large while clearly seeing the microscopic bits of which it's composed makes her work completely accessible to even the least initiated poetry reader. These poems slow life down for the reader, make us think AND feel (which the best writing always does), and comfort us into believing that anything is possible.