Cincinnati Poetry Month Daily: Broken by Richard Hague

Are you looking for a poem for “Poem in Your Pocket Day”? Here is a fine one by poet and teacher Richard Hague of Madisonville. Dick Hague shines bright among Cincinnati’s many poetry treasures. I have lost track of the number of his books of poetry and prose, but we are in double digits. This poem, a sort of blessing for dark times, is from his newest Beasts, River, Drunk Men, Garden, Burst, & Light: Sequences and Long Poems (Dos Madres Press, 2016) He is also the editor of the anthology, Realms of the Mothers: The First Decade of Dos Madres Press. Come hear him read alongside Dos Madres publisher Robert Murphy, Karen George and me on Saturday, April 29, 3 pm at the Downtown Library.

Broken

Nothing remains so. Even
soul-splitting darkest night is daily
repaired, all
the monsters
transformed. The gun
held on me
becomes a brilliant
green snake
braceleting the arm
of the robber.
Do not
doubt that nothing
has to be the way it is:
even the gnats
a-hover over the mown toad
in the yard
spin a great veil of grief
which at any moment
may be jerked aside
by beauty.

Richard Hague

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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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