There are so many voices eager to be heard in San Luis Obispo native Amber West’s second poetry collection, Hen and God, you can almost hear the din before you open the cover. The voices include a poem, a pregnant woman, a daughter, a sister, a jilted lover, a pirate, a city, a grieving friend, all of them with a powerful story and a unique perspective on life. I have been reading and writing poetry for over fifty years. Hen and God is as exhilarating and dynamic as any collection I have encountered. At times it literally left me breathless.