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. A poem titled "Eating His Dead Wife" gives us one side, a bird eating the reflection of a building gives us another. When she travels, her succinct, epigrammatic descriptions reveal more than most poets can in much longer poems: "The cobblestones were tense and / looking for crumbs. The sea / waiting to devour the sun," she says about Puerto Angel. This is an amazing first book, book I cherish, for every page I turn makes me see the world differently, astoundingly, reverently. It's a book that never ends. --Richard Jackson, author of fourteen books of poems, including Traversings, with Robert Vivian, Out of Place (Ben Franklin Award), and Resonance (Eric Hoffer Award). On Wedesday, May 3, 2017 at 7PM, Danielle Hanson will appear at A Cappella Books for a poetry reading and discussion of her new collection of poems, Ambushing Water. This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend this event, you may still pre-order a signed copy at A Cappella Books.