Hub City Press, 2014
New Southern Voices Poetry Award selected by D.A. Powell
ISBN: 978-1-938235-02-3, Paperback
72 pages, 6 in x 9 in

The poems in Pantry take their titles from kitchen objects. Some objects are common to most kitchens, like dishwashers and double boilers, and others are less common, like pie birds and olive pitters. The poems are not literally about these objects. Rather, the objects, or some aspect of them—a shape, a use, some minute detail—are landmarks in an interior domestic landscape. And few domestic landscapes are more interior than the pantry, a place where objects are laid aside for later use, sometimes years later or not at all. These are the things we hold onto, forget, and discover again. They are the things underlying our material lives. The poems in this book begin here, in the closely packed pantry, but then slip beneath the material objects to explore the domestic lives that spark, seethe, and sometimes explode around them.

“In Pantry, Lilah Hegnauer exalts kitchen articles and utensils, their graspable measure of handles, solidity of copper, the comparative impermanence of their bodies in relation to ours. Like Stein and Ponge, Hegnauer uncovers the magical—and tremendously affecting—life of objects in each crenature, joint and flange.”
— D.A. Powell, recipient of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Prize in Poetry

Pantry is no Food Network test kitchen, no fusty closet of canned goods. Erotic, witty, smart, playful, these poems make the quotidian realm of objects an occasion for wooing, meditation, and praise. Think of the Gertrude Stein of Tender Button meeting Emily Dickinson (“Vesuvius at Home”) in a throw-down match where what’s at stake is the veracity and voracity of female desire, and you’ll have a sense of the spell cast by this intoxicating wunderkammer of a book.”
— Lisa Spaar, author of Vanitas, Rough

Reviews and Interviews

Review, The Kenyon Review

Interview, Deep South Magazine

Interview, Front Porch Journal

Interview, Yong Writers Workshop

Apron,” Sycamore Review
Asking for Everything” Guernica
Ditch work, come home early,” Juked
Egg Topper,” Agni
Exceptions With The Sloughing Off” Rattle
I am the city and you are my work of great mischief.” Blackbird
Ladle” Superstition Review, audio recording
Mortar & Pestle” Superstition Review
My entire childhood I thought there is no mystery” 42opus
Orange, the juice, the rind, the pulp;” Free Verse
Ramekin,” Connotation Press
Reamer,” Connotation Press
Refusal” Agni
Rolling Pin” Superstition Review
Spoon Rest” Superstition Review
The city was burning — or it wasn’t.” Blackbird
The Force that Drives” Fault
The world is my,” Blackbird
Then there was no body but a,” Sycamore Review
Trivet,” Connotation Press
What They Tell You” Blackbird
Whisk” Superstition Review

darkunderkigandastarsDark Under Kiganda Stars
Ausable Press (now Copper Canyon), 2005

West Branch: “Fascinating poems, sharply observant, richly felt, and, at their best, formally keen.”
Kingdom Books: “This is a remarkably honest collection.”

Leonard Schwartz for Cross Cultural Poetics

Angel Saint” on
Hut Hurt Hat Heart” on Verse Daily
On Not Caning My Students” on Guernica

Copper Canyon Press