Cincinnati Poetry Month Daily: January 1, 2016 by Elese Monet

Today’s poem from Elese Monet of Over the Rhine gives us a morning of sweet blessings, after an evening of, perhaps, sweet excess. Elese will be reading along with Chase Public’s Scott Holzman at Cincinnati State’s Poetry Month Reading Series on Wednesday, April 19 at noon, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College ATLC Auditorium (ATLC 211).


January 1, 2016


my brain throbs against the cusp of my throat

you hand me water

       you hold my ears

and press

    your lips against the center of my brow

our reflections spoon

           in the black blades of the ceiling fan

we are stars again

                   marked in constellations

straddling time

yesterday’s champagne flutes

wondering of withdrawal

   from the backs of our eyelids.


Elese Monet

Join us for the Cincinnati Poetry Month Daily Project Reading on Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm at People’s Liberty, 1805 Elm Street, Over the Rhine




Author: Pauletta Hansel

Pauletta Hansel is a poet, memorist, teacher and editor. She was Cincinnati's first Poet Laureate from April 2-16-March 2018. Pauletta is author of six poetry collections, Plaindrome (Dos Madres Press, 2017; winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award), Tangle (Dos Madres Press, 2015), The Lives We Live in Houses (Wind Publications, 2011), What I Did There (Dos Madres Press, 2011), First Person (Dos Madres Press, 2007) and Divining (WovenWord Press, 2002). Her poetry has been featured recently in journals including Talisman, Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, Appalachian Journal, Atlanta Review, Postcards Poems and Prose and Still: The Journal, and anthologized in Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia; Motif: Come What May; and Motif: All the Livelong Day. Pauletta leads community poetry workshops and retreats in the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond, and has served as Writer-in Residence at Thomas More College in her native Kentucky. She is a co-editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. Pauletta received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.

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