Heartbreak Tree: Poems by Pauletta Hansel

Heartbreak Tree: Poems by Pauletta Hansel, front cover. White block letters are superimposed over a painting of a road and a tree by Angelyn DeBord
Heartbreak Tree: Poems by Pauletta Hansel
ISBN: 978-1-948692-88-5 paperback
ISBN: 978-1-948692-89-2 ebook
poetry for release March 2022
painting by Angelyn DeBord

Heartbreak Tree is a poetic exploration of the intersection of gender and place, specifically Appalachia. Family stories are interwoven with poems from the author’s own girlhood, and letter poems written from the aging woman she is  to the girl she was. Female relationships, especially mother/daughter, are also examined. Implicit and occasionally explicit is the responsibility of the poet to speak the forbidden stories of her own and other women’s lives.

Pauletta Hansel, poet, memoirist, and teacher. Pauletta is framed in this photo by autumn trees with their leaves turning in the background. Her short hair is gray, and she wears a burgundy colored scarf on her head with a matching sweater and a floral scarf around her nect. She has a welcoming smile that touches her eyes and mouth.
Pauletta Hansel, poet, memoirist, and teacher
photo by Kentucky Rose Photography

Pauletta Hansel is a poet, memoirist and teacher who is author of eight poetry collections including Friend, Coal Town Photograph and Palindrome, winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award for best Appalachian Poetry. Her writing has been widely anthologized and featured in print and online journals including Oxford American, Rattle, The Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry and Verse Daily. Appalachian Journal, Appalachian Review, Cincinnati Review, and Still: The Journal, among others. Pauletta was Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate, 2016-2018 and for ten years served as managing editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative.

Read Pauletta’s work, and hear her read her own work on her website, paulettahansel.wordpress.com.