What I Did There

What I Did There is available from Dos Madres Press and bookstores everywhere. If you would like to request a signed copy, please contact me.

 

Poems by Appalachian poet Pauletta Hansel are "of a wonderful grace, simplicity, and discipline. Each is cut fine as a jewel. Each takes a perfectly executed leap from the mundane. There is grief here, but something else as well. In a world of poetic lament, it is a joy to find poems that lift us into the poet’s joy.” – Michael Henson
“These are poems of a wonderful grace, simplicity, and discipline. Each is cut fine as a jewel. Each takes a perfectly executed leap from the mundane. There is grief here, but something else as well. In a world of poetic lament, it is a joy to find poems that lift us into the poet’s joy.” – Michael Henson

 

What I Did There

Sat in a chair by a tall window.
Watched the world fold itself open,
dark from dark,
pale orange fire at its crease.
Laid black words on pages
as branch began to form
on waiting sky.
Heard wind and rain
beat long sheets against
the walls around me.
Tasted silence like warm bread
on my tongue.
Walked as night pulled back over day,
words from the page
in the rhythm of my step.
Sat in a chair by a tall window.
Let darkness hold my face
on cool glass.
Lay down in a narrow bed.

Pauletta Hansel