Elementz Voices of Freedom

 

One of my final community workshops as Cincinnati Poet Laureate was a visit to a remarkable group of young poets who write together at Elementz. Led by Jamie-Lee Morris, Elementz Voices of Freedom meets Tuesdays, 5-7PM to enhance their creativity and broaden their capacity for self expression. Experience these poets in person at the Louder than a Bomb semi-finals on March 17, 9:30 am in room 5401 in the DAAP building at the University of Cincinnati. Here is the poem we made together.

We Are Elementz Voices of Freedom

I am what I am.
I am that I am.
I am a banked fire, not
blazing hot, but made to last—
the ashes of the fallen
rebirthed
in the phoenix. I am
the beat beneath the melody,
the broken lock on the front door.
I am the wolf with no pack.
I want to bind you with poison
so you hear the deep cry
of my heart’s happy despair.
Have I scared you yet?
This hectic world that is my body—
thinking, believing, judging and creating.
I found something that is not temporary
but forever.
I am the center of all these worlds
ever changing and morphing, impermanent,
exponentially, beautiful. There is
something everlasting, never changing
and that is the essence
of what I am.

Elementz Voices of Freedom
Adanya, Carlos, Destiny, John, LeVan, Noah and Pauletta

Women and girls of all ages are invited to join me for my very last Cincinnati Poet Laureate workshop as part of the Artistry of Women Street Fair indoors on Saturday, March 10 at The Sanctuary, 2110 St. Michael Street, Lower Price Hill is offering two free literary events, a reading and a workshop (with a MUSE concert in between!)
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.—What She Said—Join writers Luz Villeda, Gwyneth Stewart, Karen George, Desirae Hosley, Kate Fadick and Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel for a reading of their work.
(4:00 -5:00 p.m. MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir Concerts, Tickets for $15 are available online)
5:30-6:30 pm—She Persists: An Intergenerational Writing Workshop— Women and girls of all ages are invited to join Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel to write and hear each other’s stories of women’s wisdom and strength.

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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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