"Close observation opens into magic in this humble and finely-crafted collection. This Human Shape joins the finest environmental literature in offering up a rich set of characters closely entwined with the creatures, plants and objects of the landscapes they dwell in."
–from the report on short-listed titles for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment's (ASLE)
Creative Writing Book Award
Red Dragonfly Press
As this marvelous collection zips by, moments snap into focus and then linger. Was that a woman or a coyote? Did that man just swim through the pavement? These poems are not like anything else I’ve read recently. They make me want to pull over, leave the car door open, and watch some wild horse manes whip around in the wind.
author of Red State and Between Here and Home
Hanson observes the essence of human nature and creates poetic marvels. He writes captivating lines like “Sometimes, with crows, they watch us so carefully that our suffering starts to slip up into theirs,” and “This spring, Cody happened upon a god-shaped hole.” There’s an inexplicable wonderment about his poems.
author of Origami Stars and Hot Air Moon
Somewhere during the course of reading Miss American Sky, I was overcome with a feeling that I wasn’t just reading a poetry collection. I was, in fact, wandering through an ocean of lives, eavesdropping on the Raymond Carver-esque conversations, wavering between the strange, the ordinary, the strangely ordinary, and the ordinarily strange.
author of Think of Me and Bravery
"Patches of Light covers a lot of ground, thematically and literally, with poems that move at ease across the High Plains, touching on subjects as various as the function of bird's ears, an escaped lion, and listening to James Brown ... a little bit of everything for everyone."
–Wyoming Arts Council
"In the poem 'Salmon fly Armada' Hanson could just
as well be describing the workings of the poems in Patches of Light: They swim to the top. They wrestle with their skeletons. When the great bugs finish with the ordeal, they fly."
–Scott King, Editor of Red Dragonfly Press
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