Hannah Brooks-Motl is the author of the poetry collections The New Years, M, and Earth, forthcoming in 2019 from the Song Cave. She lives in western Massachusetts.
In “Capitol” Hannah Brooks-Motl turns the conventions of the pastoral inside out, as if the poem’s gravity were being warped by the black hole of late capitalism. I am drawn to the poem’s tender regard for all things—from “yellow mint” to “children / in apparatuses”—caught in its gravitational pull. […]