Today's poem is "Saying Goodbye to a Friend"
from Ambushing Water

Brick Road Poetry Press

Danielle Hanson holds an MF A from Arizona State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is Poetry Editor of Doubleback Books, on the editorial staff for Loose Change Magazine and is a former poetry editor for Hqyden's Ferry Review. Her poetry has appeared in over 50 journals and anthologies, has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net awards, and has received the Vi Gale Award from Hubbub. She works as a marketing executive for AT&T Entertainment Group.

Books by Danielle Hanson:

Other poems on the web by Danielle Hanson:
"No Diga Mas Que Lo Que No Diga"
"Near Sleep in a Smoky Room"
"Heaven's a Bar in Atlanta, Expensive as Hell, and You Have to Pay All Those Demons"
Four poems
"The bird eats a building "
Three poems
Four poems
"It's Late Autumn and the Few Leaves Left Clinging to the Trees Beg to be Pulled Off"
Three poems

Danielle Hanson's Website.

About Ambushing Water:

"Danielle Hanson must be the incarnation of Gaston Bachelard's ideal poet, a poet who acutely observes a world as she makes it new. With a vocabulary of images as diverse as slugs, animals, flowers, constellations and emotions, as well as startling situations, she brings us a surrealistic vision that also reads like a rational explanation."
—Richard Jackson

"Danielle Hanson's new book Ambushing Water has a deliberate clarity that vibrates through her music and imagery like a crystal glass tapped gently with the bright butter knife."
—Norman Dubie

"So often in this collection, the circumstance in a single poem offers an unlikely though compelling route into intimacy—'eating his dead wife's ashes / in his cereal every morning' for example—until the circumstances build to near breaking and the poems show themselves as a constant, valiant, smart struggle to keep the always-vulnerable speaker above water. "
—Alberto Rios

"Ambushing Water is compelling in its restraint: lyricism is deepened and amplified in these often short, always indelible poems. Danielle Hanson writes of the mysteries of the natural world: 'How laughable is the moon / as an equal sign.' This interrogation of worlds, inner and outer, the self and the earth, gives this collection its transformative power and renders everything new and strange and beautiful."
—Paul Guest

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