Hannah Brooks-Motl was born and raised in Wisconsin. A chapbook, The Montaigne Result, was published by The Song Cave in 2013. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and currently lives in Chicago, where she is a PhD student at the University of Chicago.
With "I have countered / I constructed," Brooks-Motl delivers a mode by which The New Years unfolds: we are met with the solitude of self, deluged by slow particulars, surrounded by a haunting chorus of readings and readers. Brooks-Motl's formally compelling debut comingles these "coterminous" elements, fomenting a "moment of danger" which, like a watch ticking down the seconds to midnight, is both seductively concrete and unrelentingly ungraspable. The speaker attempts to chart the new years that are upon us and to interpolate understandings within the new years that we have long lingered in. This is a book of persistent reckoning, one that breaks hard against each reflective angle.