Portrait of My Mother's Dementia as Saturn's Rings
The shattered skins
of ancient moons
that bound her.
Pauletta Hansel was recently named the first-ever Poet Laureate for the city of Cincinnati. Her poems and prose have been featured in journals including Talisman, Appalachian Journal, Appalachian Heritage and Still: The Journal, and on The Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry. She is author of five poetry collections, most recently Tangle (Dos Madres Press, 2015). Pauletta is co-editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. She leads writing workshops and retreats in the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond.