• Publications


    A Thistle Stuck in the Throat of the Sun

    Available at Kelsay Books, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon

    “Inside us there are deep, unclaimed spaces...” Poet Dane Hamann writes this as he claims spaces with great precision in this book, a book about landscapes, endless, focused movement, and the meaning and value of a human body. A book of introspection, here is the puzzle of the body both safe and endangered, the body’s connection to land, to seasons, to a ‘you’ never defined. These poems are full of extraordinary awareness of the body in space and time, the poet reaches for metaphors tied to machinery and the natural world, and the poet always has his eye on any door or doorway, window or path that might free the narrator, let him find where he must go next. These poems are vivid, intense, and obsessive. I am very glad to have this book in our world.
    Deborah Keenan, author of eleven collections of poems and a book of writing ideas, from tiger to prayer.
    Dane Hamann’s A Thistle Stuck in the Throat of the Sun is a remarkable debut first collection. In it you will not find any of the gimmicky solipsism or callow irony that pervades too much of contemporary American poetry. Instead, Hamann’s poems are open and expansive explorations of the suffering body’s negotiations with the will and the road and the world. Both honest and elemental, one need not be a runner to know that Hamann’s gift with poetic image is wonderfully right. To read these poems is to be inspired by a new poetic voice that is natural, real, and essential as your next breath.
    Eliot Khalil Wilson, author of This Island of Dogs
    Dane Hamann skillfully captures the transcendence of moving under one’s own power and our biological need to connect with nature. A Thistle Stuck in the Throat of the Sun takes readers on an immersive journey down remote gravel roads, around serene lakes, and through mountainous terrain that won’t soon be forgotten.
    Mackenzie Havey, author of Mindful Running


    Sutra Press Q & A


    Ghost City Press What the River Made (2018); Impossible Volumes (2020); O MAD EVERYTHING (2021)


    Rinky Dink Press (Series Three) The Cold Coast

    Journals (Online Work)


    Parentheses Journal The Softest Things


    Harpur PalateScrap


    The Night Heron BarksThresholds


    Willows Wept Review Snapped Collarbone; On the Shore of the Lake, I Stare into the Midnight Sky


    Riggwelter Ice Bright in the Harbor


    Figure 1 Highway


    Porridge Magazine Spring; Rust


    Recenter Press JournalFields


    Ghost City Review Thoughts


    Kissing Dynamite Ennui


    Barren Magazine Hammer Sonnet


    L'éphémère Review August Sonnet


    Nice Cage Two poems


    Two Peach Who will play the song of catastrophe


    Switchback Journal From how small a split will we supernova; We bathe in miles of dust


    COUNTERCLOCK Journal Pinhole Sunrise


    Wildness [Q & A] (Will the nearly broken world)


    Jet Fuel Review Issue 10 Q & A poems


    Lines + Stars Fifty-Two Card Pickup


    Cobalt Review Light Splashing So Deliberately


    Anthology of Chicago The Cloisters


    Floodwall Magazine Blood Orange


    Stymie At the Pole Vault Pits


    Jet Fuel Review Issue 4 Moonlight by Edvard Munch; Q & A


    2012 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition—Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, 2nd Place

    Daniel Hudson Burnham

  • Reviews

    "Shelly Taylor’s debut effort, Black-Eyed Heifer, is a mosaic of form and language . . . It is a riptide pulling its readers out into the deep, powerful currents of nostalgia."

    "There is a journalistic objectivity to Quan Barry’s new collection of poems, Water Puppets . . . There can be no denial: the winner of the 2010 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry is a demanding, worthwhile read."

    Post- by Wayne Miller

    (Adroit Journal)

    "Post- is much like a reservoir . . . Volumes of Miller’s precise and resonant language flood every space within this book, creating a world of both gritty intensity and thoughtful poise. As a collection, Post- carries significant momentum. . ."

    "Wonderfully strange and achingly poignant, Max Ritvo's debut collection of poetry, Four Reincarnations, is vibrant with small worlds."

  • Interviews

    by Aaron Delee, Dan Fliegel, Dane Hamann, Anthony Opal, and C. Russell Price

    by Aaron Delee, Dan Fliegel, Dane Hamann, Anthony Opal, and C. Russell Price

    by Aaron Delee, Sarah Jenkins, C. Russell Price, Lana Rakhman, Christine Pacyk, Anthony Opal, Danielle Burhop, and Dane Hamann

    by Danielle Burhop, Aaron Delee, Dane Hamann, Sarah Jenkins, Anthony Opal, Christine Pacyk, C. Russell Price, and Lana Rakhman

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  • About

    Dane Hamann holds a BA in Studio Art and English from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN and an MFA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. His poem "Daniel Hudson Burnham" received 2nd Place for the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award in the 2012 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition. He's a staff member of TriQuarterly, the literary magazine of Northwestern University.


    Dane works as a copy editor and indexer for American Technical Publishers, a textbook and digital media publisher in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Previously, he interned at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Milkweed Editions, a literary publisher.


    Twitter: @donnyhamms