Teeth Have a Hardness Scale of 5

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens



  • Sputnik & Fizzle
  • 2020
  • 32 pages
  • Softcover
  • 14.5 × 10 × 0.5 cm

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 fromApocalypse Party.

EN / Offset /300 copies

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