Pauletta Hansel in conversation with George Ella Lyon

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Sunday, November 13, 2022 - 3:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Pauletta Hansel in conversation with George Ella Lyon

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Heartbreak Tree is a poetic exploration of the intersection of gender and place in Appalachia. “There is a road, but the road is still inside you,” the mature Hansel tells the girl she was, encouraging her: “You are trying. Remember.” This book does the work of that remembering, honoring the responsibility of the poet to speak the forbidden stories of her own and other women’s lives.

 

"Hansel’s poems demand both/and. While we can easily use the label “Appalachian poet” for Pauletta Hansel, her poetry is not local or regional. Even in a poem such as “Their War on Poverty,” which literally names Appalachian places and things like coal mines and mountains, the poem takes us far beyond regionalism. The poem derails quaint (and nostalgic) ideals from the outset: “We never knew ourselves/ as they did. We didn’t know our faces/ and floors should be dirt.” The immediate opposition of “We” and “they” sets us up to see everything that unfolds in a particular way." - Mike Templeton

 

Poet, Memoirist, Teacher and Editor Pauletta Hansel is the 2022 Writer-in- Residence for the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. She served as the first Poet Laureate of Cincinnati from April 2016 through March 2018.

Pauletta is author of nine poetry collections including  Heartbreak Tree, released in March 2022 by Madville Publishing.  Heartbreak Tree is a poetic exploration of the intersection of gender and place in Appalachia.

 

George Ella Lyon is the author of Trucks Roll!Planes Fly!, and Boats Float!, cowritten with her son Benn. Among George Ella’s other books are the ALA Notable All the Water in the World, What Forest Knows, and Time to Fly. A former Kentucky Poet Laureate, she lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit her online at GeorgeEllaLyon.com.

 

 

 

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Heartbreak Tree: Poems By Pauletta Hansel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948692885
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
This book cannot be returned.
Published: Madville Publishing - March 17th, 2022

Back to the Light: Poems By George Ella Lyon Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780813181158
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: University Press of Kentucky - April 6th, 2021

Acclaimed poet George Ella Lyon returns with a brilliant new collection that traces the arc of a woman's life from girlhood to mature womanhood. In answer to the first poem, "Little Girl Who Knows Too Much," Lyon embarks on a journey from a child who was silenced to "Some Big Loud Woman" who claims the right to a voice.


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Heartbreak Tree is a poetic exploration of the intersection of gender and place in Appalachia. “There is a road, but the road is still inside you”