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I have long said that C. C. Hannett is one of the best things Seattle has going for it—this leaves no doubt. Occasional, full of the everyday made extraordinary, like a Frank O’Hara poem but tucked behind a weird curtain of language. These poems are brilliant, funny, sad, and very real. Because let’s face it, taking selfies at our age does seem ridiculous. But we’ll probably do it anyway.
Hannett loves words, which dance and death drop in this neo-Surrealist collection. The poet swoops from the natural world through the scientific and into the pop-induced angst of millennial social media, asking questions that are far more dreadful than they at first seem: “When is it okay to unfriend the dead?” This collection fizzes and crackles with the tension of the young poet facing the world of 2017.
Evan J. Peterson
C. C. Hannett is the byname of Kris Hall; a poet who writes and lives with his wife and their animals in the PNW. He is the author of the chapbooks, Notes for Xenos Vesparum (Shotgun Wedding, an imprint of Alice Blue Books), and Dillinger on the Beach (Horse Less Press). He is the former curator of the reading series Da’daedal and Ogopogo. Both series took place in Seattle, WA and focused on showcasing interdisciplinary work. His next book, Triune (Spuyten Duyvil) will be released in the Summer of 2018.