“Late Summer Mountain After the Rain” by Danielle Hanson

The steam from the coffee cup replaces
morning fog entangled in the porch wisteria,
blooming and falling. Bird song drips from trees,
soaks into ground. The sound of bees lifts
into the tree, solidifies as honey. We leave
porch shade, pour ourselves into day.

Danielle Hanson is a poet who strives to create and facilitate wonder. She is the author of the poetry collections Fraying Edge of Sky, winner of the Codhill Press Poetry Prize, and Ambushing Water, a finalist for the Georgia Author of the Year Award. Her poetry has been the basis for Haunting the Wrong House, a puppet show at the Center for Puppetry Arts. She curated a poet/artist collaboration show Alloy at Arts Beacon in Atlanta, where she’s Poet-in-Residence. Danielle is Poetry Editor for Doubleback Books. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of California at Irvine starting in 2022. More about her at daniellejhanson.com.