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Teeth Have a Hardness Scale of 5
J. MacBain-Stephens

Isabel Sobral Campos, Rita Sobral Campos (eds.)

2020 / EN / Offset / 15×10 cm / 32pp. / 300 copies
Published in partnership with Sputnik & Fizzle

The poems in Teeth Have a Hardness Scale of 5 use found
language drawn from the Simon and Sue Lilly’s Essential Guide to
Crystals to haze the boundary between the animate, social world
of humans and the inanimate insinuation of rock. Scientific
discourse splits the lyric presence of these poems, and chisels
experience with percussive tools meant for other types of
hardiness. This poetry blushes, then obtains crystal-like
transparency. These poems refract light.

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens lives in the Midwest and is the author
of four full length poetry collections: Your Best Asset is a White
Lace Dress
(Yellow Chair Press, 2016), The Messenger is Already
Dead
(Stalking Horse Press, 2017), We’re Going to Need a Higher
Fence
, tied for first place in the 2017 Lit Fest Book Competition,
and The Vitamix and the Murder of Crows, is recently out from
Apocalypse Party.



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