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Hannah Stephenson is a poet, editor, and instructor living in Columbus, Ohio (where she also runs a monthly literary event series called Paging Columbus). Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Hobart, Contrary, MAYDAY, and The Nervous Breakdown; her collection, In the Kettle, the Shriek, is now available from Gold Wake Press. You can visit her online at her daily poetry blog, The Storialist, or find her on Twitter.


In her poems for the Huffington Post and The Storialist, Stephenson features a piece of art that helped to inspire her writing.

Entries by Hannah Stephenson

Poem: Sap Season

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 9:46 PM

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Image credit: Yukari Kaihori


Sap Season

All the love you will ever feel
you have always carried within you

The pellet you think love is

blooms into stone,
into flame, into glass

You fed it...

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Poem: Of Two Minds

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 8:42 AM

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image credit: Cathy Lees


Of Two Minds

Dear Miss Manners, teach me
how to reach a decision.
When I reach for it, what will
it feel like, fingertips
grazing my fingertips, or just
dead air...

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Poem: We Will Judge You Based on Your Wedding

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 11:44 AM

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image credit: Madeline von Foerster



We Will Judge You Based on Your Wedding

We will judge you based on your wedding,
on what you have designed. How many guests
were you expecting, and how many are present.

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Poem: Toy Lawnmower

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 1:41 PM

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Image Credit: Mel Kadel

Toy Lawnmower

To learn to mow the grass,
pretend to mow the grass.

Pretend enough and you'll
get good. Playtime trains

the wobbly, imprecise body
for how it will be later, give

...
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Poem: Europa

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 9:58 AM

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Image courtesy of Nicole Dextras

Europa

Even while surrounded by ice,
there is buried water not frozen,

never freezing. Floating in the dark
brine, sealed off from humans,

microorganisms, mouths full of
saltwater cud. A scientist...

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Poem: Groves

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 10:38 AM

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Image courtesy of Shawn Dulaney

Groves

This is the year you are alive in.
Before, you can't know the plagues

that ravaged the villages, the city
before the great fire, the green land

before the grey city. These are

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Poem: As Far As We Know

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 8:22 AM

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Image courtesy of Souther Salazar

As Far As We Know

The Earth is a swimming pool,
but solid. The Grand Canyon
wouldn't be the shallow end,
or even the baby pool. To get
to where the diamonds are...

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Poem: Spot

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 8:31 PM

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Image courtesy of Amy Friend

Spot

Instructions: Place test on a flat surface out of your line of vision. Then, read this poem. Repeat, if you like. After three minutes have passed, then check the results of the pregnancy test.

Pirouettes begin...

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Poem: That's How I Roll

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 3:36 PM

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Image courtesy of SuttonBeresCuller


That's How I Roll

What did the enormous boulder say
to the little village, when it was dislodged
by lightning and sent plummeting
into the valley. What did the lucky dice
say...

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Poem: Celestial Seasonings

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 9:50 PM

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Image courtesy of Joe Webb

Celestial Seasonings

Flight of the bumblebee
next door, the neighbor's

kettle's voice through her
screened window at three

in the morning, into our
bedroom. The cool air

brings sound, dangles there.
Not wind....

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Poem: Never All Things at Once

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 11:11 AM

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Image by Jamie Isenstein, courtesy of Andrew Kreps Gallery

Never All Things at Once

White blossoms or green leaves,
not both. "Edelweiss" with the Captain
and Liesl, pink and green-clad children,
Maria watching,...

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Poem: Fraction

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 5:13 PM

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Image courtesy of Tanja Hollander


Fraction


One day, my heart will stop beating. (not everything is a joke)

-Jimmy Kimmel in a tweet on January 13, 2012

There will be a world with no...

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Poem: Long Time No See

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 11:05 AM

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image courtesy of Helena Wurzel

Long Time No See

When was it that
we last saw one
another.

We use our whole
conversation to
uncover when,

picking through
events and dates,
eliminating

the...

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Poem: We Look for Migration

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 5:14 PM

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image courtesy of Betsy Eby


We Look for Migration

For months now,
I notice what seem

to be leaves floating
and flapping in the air

over the freeway, above
my windshield and car.

...
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Video Poem: Light House

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 10:03 PM

As a poet, I naturally find words, sounds, images, and phrases inspiring. Equally, I adore technology, and how it allows me to further play with pace, tone, and concept. I often make video poems, and thought I'd share one with you this week. When I created this video poem, "Light...

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Poetry: From Scratch

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 12:28 PM

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image courtesy of Ramona Ring


From Scratch

Trust the road to hold the car,
the signs to gesture honestly
and without malice. Trust
that a mile on your odometer
means a mile behind you,
...

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Poetry: After After

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 11:20 AM

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image courtesy of Michelle Maguire

After After

After after, there is
always more, another
after and another
sewn together, leaving
like the train trailing
behind the bride's
wedding gown and
dragging across...

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Poetry: Ghost Stories

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 7:32 PM

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Image courtesy of Emma McNally

Ghost Stories

Because fire coaxes the carbon from wood
and releases it back to the atmosphere,
we gather around it and watch.

It is our favorite kind of destruction, contained,
...

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Poetry: Lorem Ipsum

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 4:14 PM

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image courtesy of Glenn Fischer

Lorem Ipsum

To see design more clearly, sprinkle tormented
gibberish across the page, flouring a counter top

so dough can be flattened without sticking.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur,

...

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Poetry: All the Apathetic Monsters

(5) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 12:49 PM

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Image courtesy of Gideon Chase


All the Apathetic Monsters


Arms extended limply. Back and shoulders
drooping. Once you die and come back,

you weigh more. Mobility is challenging.
Time flows around you, torrential,

and...

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