person Danielle Hanson, three poems

Danielle Hanson is the author of Fraying Edge of Sky (Codhill Press Poetry Prize, 2018) and Ambushing Water (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in over 70 journals, won the Vi Gale Award from Hubbub, was Finalist for 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Award and was nominated for several Pushcarts and Best of the Nets. She is Poetry Editor for Doubleback Books, and is on the staff of the Atlanta Review. Her poetry has been the basis for visual art included in the exhibit EVERLASTING BLOOM at the Hambidge Center Art Gallery, and Haunting the Wrong House, a puppet show at the Center for Puppetry Arts. More about her at daniellejhanson.com.

Valentine Poem

Darkness lays down
across the room
like a dog, curling.

The dimming sounds of
the house circle
the air with the fan.

Sleep creeps in
to steal the feeling
of lying next to you.

Alps

The ground has taken a running start, an attempt
to storm heaven. It has been struck down by gods—
frozen motion. This happened before history and now
only bell-strung cattle still remember the story.
They tell it to clouds gathering to listen.

Capture

I’m going outside
to capture some
sky in this
bottle, take it
inside and pour
it down the drain
until the house
floats. A ship
around a bottle.

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